SHELBY, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory on Monday signed the extradition papers necessary to bring the man suspected of killing a Shelby police officer back to North Carolina.
Irving Fenner Jr., 23, allegedly shot officer Tim Brackeen, 38, on Sept. 10 while he was searching for Fenner, who was wanted on outstanding warrants. Nearby officers heard the gunshots and found Brackeen with a wound to the chest. He died at Carolinas Medical Center Monday morning.
Fenner, who had been on the run since the incident, was arrested in Rhode Island on Sept. 14 after fleeing the state.
The North Carolina governor’s office released the details of his extradition Monday afternoon.
“I have said all along that I was committed to pursuing extradition in this case using all legal means that are available,” Gov. McCrory said. “It is vital that this investigation moves forward as quickly as possible, and part of that involves returning this suspect to North Carolina.”
In addition to Fenner, authorities arrested and charged six additional people involved in the case last week.
Casey Fenner of New York, Jolisa Peeler of Rhode Island and Deitra Morris of Shelby were each charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder. Fenner’s uncle Corry Peeler and his girlfriend Hope Wyman were charged with harboring a criminal. Ashley Hamrick was charged with harboring a fugitive for lending aid to the suspect after she knew he was wanted.
Last week, Gov. McCrory announced the state was offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to Brackeen’s shooter. The reward was later upped to $25,000 after contributions from various individuals and law enforcement entities.
The District Attorney is expected to seek the death penalty in the case and it is not known how long the extradition process will take.