Man Wanted For Killing Shelby, N.C. Officer Captured In Rhode Island

The man wanted for killing a Shelby Police Officer was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island. 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr. of Grover, North Carolina, was arrested early this morning. He is in custody in Rhode Island.

According to broadcast reports out of Providence, Rhode Island State Police say that officers believed the man wanted for shooting and killing 38-year-old Tim Brackeent was first spotted on Oxford Street in Providence Tuesday night, setting off a massive search involving local police, U.S. Marshals and the FBI.

“It’s been a long period of time where the detectives and the FBI agents all cultivating information, pretty good police work tracking him here. And they surrounded the house and they talked him out, and he surrendered, he came out peacefully,” Rhode Island State Police told station WPRI.

State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell said officers used tear gas to get into the building in Providence. The suspect’s half-sister, Jolisa Peeler, was also reportedly taken into custody at the home.

Peeler is reportedly charged with felony accessory after the fact of first-degree murder. In addition to Peeler, others have been arrested for aiding Fenner. Ashley Hamrick was arrested in North Carolina and charged with felony harboring an escapee. Additional suspects arrested for allegedly aiding Fenner are Deitra Morris and Casey Fenner.

Police in Charlotte confirmed Tuesday that two people were arrested – Casey Fenner of New York and Jolisa Peeler of Rhode Island. Both were charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder, which is a Class C felony.

Police said the charges against Casey Fenner, Peeler and Deitra Morris stem “from aid that they provided the suspect, Irving Lucien Fenner Jr, after the murder of Officer Tim Brackeen.”

Authorities said Casey Fenner and Peeler will be brought to North Carolina to face charges, but it is unclear how long the extradition process will take.

Hours before the news out of Rhode Island and New York, Morris and another woman were arrested in connection to 38-year-old Brackeen’s death and aiding Fenner.

Morris faces the same charge as Casey Fenner and Jolisa Peeler. Ashley Hamrick, who is charged with felony harboring an escapee. She is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Fenner was taken to be treated for a gunshot wound following his arrest Wednesday morning.

Fenner was released from the hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is now in a holding block at headquarters in Scituate.

WPRI reported there is a bullet behind his rib cage and they are going to leave it there.

At about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, Officer Brackeen was shot in the line of duty in the area of Parkview Street while searching for a subject who was wanted on outstanding warrants. Officer Brackeen had been with the Shelby Police Department since July of 2004. At the time of the shooting, he was assigned as a K-9 Officer. Officer Brackeen was married and had one daughter.

See original Story: Shelby, N.C. Police Officer succumbed to injuries, suspect sought in slaying

A GoFundMe page was set up for Brackeen. The page says:

In the early morning of September 10, 2016, Shelby Police K9 Officer Tim Brackeen was shot multiple times in the chest in the line of duty after getting into a scuffle with a suspect. Tim passed away on September 12, 2016 succumbing to the injuries sustained. The funds raised will go to help Tim’s wife and daughter during this sad emotional time.

In loving, loving memory of our brother in blue.

Keep the prayers flowing.

-Team Brackeen

Officer Tim Brackeen ~ E.O.W. 9/12/16

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