RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the State is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen.
On Saturday morning, Officer Brackeen was shot in the line of duty in the area of Parkview Street while searching for a suspect who was wanted on outstanding warrants. Investigators have identified the suspected gunman as 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., of Grover.
Officer Brackeen is currently hospitalized and his condition at this time is stable but critical. On Sunday, Brackeen's family asked Bethel Baptist church for a special prayer Sunday morning.
“Seek the power of God for a miracle on his behalf,” Pastor Tim Sims told the congregation. “They realize without it, they will probably lose their son in this tragedy.”
Brackeen's mother is a member at Bethel and his brother, Stephen, is the youth pastor.
The church also overlooks the street where Officer Brackeen was shot serving a warrant early Saturday morning. Brackeen and other officers were looking for Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr., on an outstanding warrant for armed robbery and kidnapping. Now police want to charge Fenner with attempted murder for shooting Brackeen.
Pastor Tim Sims spent Saturday at the hospital with Brackeen's family and says his situation is grim.
“He’s a strong man who’s suffered a tremendous blow, and right now he just needs a lot of prayer,” said Sims. “It’s grave.”
Anyone with information about this case has been asked to contact the Shelby Police Department at (704) 484-6845 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.
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