SHELBY, N.C. – A Shelby police officer who was shot while looking for a wanted man over the weekend has died, the police chief is reporting.
Officer Tim Brackeen, 38, died at Carolinas Medical Center Monday morning.
Law Enforcement are still searching for a man accused of shooting Brackeen, 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr.
Brackeen was shot around 12:20 a.m. Saturday while looking for Fenner, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, officials said. Other responding officers heard the gunshots and found Brackeen near Parkview Street.
The police chief told Channel 9 he was shot in the torso.
Brackeen was first brought to Cleveland Regional Medical Center and then flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was listed in critical condition.
Fenner was wanted on armed robbery and kidnapping charges, and now authorities have issued a warrant for the 23-year-old for murder.
On Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced the state is offering a $10,000 reward for Fenner’s arrest.
Fenner’s last known address is 2506 Blacksburg Road, Grover, N.C.
More charges may be added later as the investigation progresses.
Brackeen had been with the Shelby Police Department since July, 2004 and worked as a K-9 officer. He was named Officer of the Year in 2012. He is married and has a daughter.
The State Bureau of Investigation is helping with the ongoing investigation.
“At this time, our department asks for everyone to keep Officer Brackeen, his family and the entire department in their thoughts and prayers,” Shelby police said in a press release.
There will be a community vigil for Brackeen Monday night at 7 p.m. in the court square in downtown Shelby. Organizers are encouraging everyone to wear blue.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Shelby Police Department at 704-484-6845 or CrimeStoppers at 704-481-8477.