A North Carolina Police Officer was shot in the chest and was critically injured while searching for Irving Lucien Fenner Jr early Saturday morning.
According to Police One , Brackeen, 38, a 12-year veteran of the department and a former officer of the year, is being treated at Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte. Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford said he visited Brackeen and his family at the hospital early Sunday afternoon. He was unavailable for comment as of 3 p.m. Sunday, but Capt. Joel Shores of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said Brackeen was still in critical condition.
Shores said police are actively searching for 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., who is suspected of shooting Brackeen.
Brackeen has been with the Shelby Police Department since July 2004 and is currently assigned as a K-9 officer for the department.
“We have many officers voluntarily coming into work (to help with the search),” Shores said.
The reward for information regarding Fenner’s whereabouts is up to $8,300, and Shores said many residents have sent anonymous donations to the police department.
Brackeen was looking for Fenner at 12:21 a.m. Saturday to serve outstanding warrants on him and reportedly found Fenner at 212 Gidney St., near Bethel Baptist Church in Shelby, police said. The two struggled outside the home, and Brackeen was shot in the chest, Ledford said.
Other officers arriving on the scene heard the sound of gunfire, and when they went to Bracken’s location, they found him outside the home and injured, Ledford said. Brackeen was wearing his bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting.
Fenner is charged with attempted murder related to the shooting, and Shores said anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Shelby Police Department at 704-484-6845 or Crime Stoppers at 704-481-TIPS (8477).