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Shot North Carolina Police Officer Dies, Suspect Still on Loose

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Officer Tim Brackeen and his alleged killer Irving Fenner.
Officer Tim Brackeen and his alleged killer Irving Fenner.NBC News

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Mourners in a North Carolina community on Tuesday paid respects to a police officer who died days after being shot by a suspect who is still on the loose.

Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:42 a.m. Monday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, the police chief said.

Brackeen, a K-9 officer, 12-year veteran of the Shelby Police Department and the married father of a daughter, was shot early Saturday while looking for a suspect with outstanding warrants, police said.

Shelby Officer Tim Brackeen
Shelby Officer Tim Brackeen.Shelby Police Department

The search for the suspect in the shooting, Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr., 23, remained ongoing Tuesday, police said. Police officers from neighboring departments paid their respects Tuesday as Brackeen’s body was taken from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to a funeral home in Shelby, NBC station WCNC reported.

"He loved police work. He loved serving people," Barry Goodman, the pastor the church Brackeen’s attended, told the station. "He has just been a tremendous young man."

Brackeen was serving warrants against Fenner for kidnapping and armed robbery when he was shot, WNCN reported.

The charge in an arrest warrant for Brackeen’s shooting was changed from attempted murder to first-degree murder, police said.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.

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