Gov. McCrory signs papers to return murder suspect to North Carolina

- Governor McCrory signed extradition papers on Monday necessary to bring a suspect back to North Carolina following the arrest in the shooting death of Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen.

Rhode Island State Police and FBI arrested Irving Lucien Fenner Jr. last week in Providence, Rhode Island for the shooting death of Officer Brackeen.

Prior to Fenner’s arrest, the Shelby Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) arrested Deitra Morris, Casey Fenner and Jolisa Peeler for Accessory to Murder, After the Fact. Ashley Hamrick of Shelby was also arrested for Harboring a Fugitive.

The investigation started on Saturday, September 10, after the Shelby Police Department attempted to locate Lucien Fenner to serve outstanding warrants.

During an altercation, Officer Brackeen and Fenner exchanged gun shots and Officer Brackeen was wounded. He 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.

Following the encounter, Fenner fled the area. The Shelby Police Department, the SBI, law enforcement agencies in other states, and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, U.S. 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.

Last week Governor McCrory announced 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.

This investigation is ongoing. 

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