Man charged with attempted murder of Shelby police officer

Officer Tim Brackeen

Police said Brackeen’s condition is stable but critical, but a statement released by the police department on behalf of his mother, Phyllis Brackeen, said he isn’t showing brain function.

Local media outlets report that Shelby Officer Tim Brackeen was shot and wounded at around 12:20 a.m. Saturday.

Police obtained warrants charging Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., 23, with attempted murder.

Shortly after arriving on the scene, officers in the area heard shots fired. When fellow officers responded, they found Brackeen with injuries. They were still searching for him on Saturday night. “But God can. This is a deep valley for us, but even in the valley, God is good”.

Police say the 38-year-old Brackeen has been on the police force for 12 years and is now assigned as a K9 officer.

A person was taken into custody but released several hours later, WCNC reported. His last known address is 2506 Blacksburg Road, Grover, North Carolina.

Brackeen has been with Shelby police for 13 years and is now a K-9 officer. He is married and has a daughter, the department said.

NBC Charlotte is gathering more details on this breaking news story.