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Irving Fenner, 23. (Courtesy: WBTV)

Irving Fenner, 23. (Courtesy: WBTV)

SHELBY, N.C. — The sister of the man accused of shooting and killing Shelby officer Tim Brackeen, 38, early Saturday morning says her brother could be dead.

Crystal Fenner, shooting suspect Irving Fenner’s sister, told WBTV that she heard from “multiple people who were at the scene” that her brother was wounded during the incident.

“From what I know, my brother had a warrant out for his arrest. The police came out of the bushes. My brother tried to run. The officer shot my brother in the back. My brother returned and returned fire,” Fenner said. “He has a bullet in his back. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s somewhere in the woods in North Carolina dead.”

The investigation is ongoing and police aren’t sure if Brackeen ever fired his weapon at Fenner.

Officer Brackeen was shot around 12:20 a.m. while looking for Fenner., who was wanted on outstanding warrants, officials said. Other responding officers heard the gunshots and found Brackeen near Parkview Street.

Fenner was wanted on armed robbery and kidnapping charges and now authorities have issued a warrant for the 23-year-old for first-degree murder.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced on Monday the state is offering a $10,000 reward for Fenner’s arrest.