Reward Grows for Shelby Officer’s Suspected Shooter

Reward $25,000 by Monday Evening

SHELBY, NC — Monday marked day three in the manhunt for the person who shot and killed Officer Tim Brackeen.

The reward for information leading to the suspected shooter, Irving Fenner, Jr., was at $25,000 Monday evening.

Hundreds attended a vigil honoring Officer Brackeen. They covered his patrol cruiser in flowers.

Shelby Police Offivers walked into the vigil to see the crowd. Chief Jeff Ledford spoke one-on-one with WCCB Charlotte’s Courtney Francisco moments after.

“That was tough,” said Chief Ledford. “We walked through town. It was quiet. It was just reverent. It was respectful.”

Chief Ledford says since the shooting Saturday morning, his officers have been searching for Fenner.

“There have been search teams all around trying to find this guy,” said Chief Ledford.

A cash reward grew Monday afternoon when the Governor pledged $10,000. Cleveland County and the City of Shelby added to that along with citizens, bringing the total to $25,000.

“We’re not going to stop until he’s found,” said Kathy Woody. “He’s a criminal. He did wrong, and we need to find him.”

Police say Fenner shot Officer Brackeen while officers served a warrant for Fenner’s arrest.

The Chief says reports that Officer Fenner was alone while serving the warrant are inaccurate.

Mayor Stan Anthony stood among the crowd at the vigil.

“When I got the word Saturday morning early, it just felt like a big rock fell on me,” said Mayor Anthony. “It was just so heart wrenching.”

Residents tied ribbons around the officer’s patrol cruiser and around Uptown Shelby.

“I hope that this shows the support of our community and how we’ve all pulled together,” said Woody.

Now, Chief Ledford is helping the family make funeral arrangements.

“Wherever this journey takes us, we will take it together and make sure Tim’s famiy is the most important.,” said Chief Ledford.

If you have any information on Fenner’s whereabouts, call 704-484-6845.