Suspect wanted for shooting death of Shelby police officer arrested

Lucien Fenner Jr. was arrested in Rhode Island on September 14 for the shooting death of a Shelby

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is working to bring a suspect back to North Carolina following an arrest in the shooting death of Shelby Police Officer Timothy J. Brackeen.”I am confident that North Carolina law enforcement will continue to work with all partners and communities involved to make sure justice is done on behalf of the Brackeen family and Shelby Police Department,” said McCrory.Early Wednesday morning, the Rhode Island State Police and the FBI apprehended 23 year old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., who was wanted in the shooting death of Officer Brackeen. Fenner was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island as part of a wide ranging investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.The Shelby Police Department and the SBI have already arrested four in relation to the crime. Deitra Morris, Casey Fenner and Jolisa Peeler were all arrested for Accessory to Murder, After the Fact. Ashley Hamrick of Shelby was also arrested for Harboring a Fugitive. The incident in question happened Saturday, September 10, after the Shelby Police Officer Brackeen was attempting to locate Lucien Fenner Jr. for the service of outstanding warrants. Officer Brackeen encountered Fenner and an altercation ensued. During the altercation, shots were fired by Fenner and Officer Bracken. Officer Brackeen was fatally wounded. Officer Brackeen was transported to Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland Hospital and then flown to Carolinas Healthcare System Main in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he later died of his injuries.Fenner subsequently fled the area. The Shelby Police Department, the SBI, law enforcement agencies in other states, and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, US Marshals Service, and the Secret Service have been working around the clock on the investigation and have been in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office throughout.McCrory announced Monday that the state was 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 Officer Brackeen.The investigation is ongoing.