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Body of Shelby police officer escorted home from Charlotte

Officer Tim Brackeen Officer Tim Brackeen

It was a fitting homecoming for a fallen police officer: people lined the streets to pay their respects to Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen, who was shot over the weekend, and died Monday.

Brackeen's body was escorted from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office in Charlotte to the Cecil Burton Funeral Home in Shelby.

The procession, which temporarily shut down part of Interstate 85 southbound, started just after 12:30 p.m. and ended around 2 p.m.

Since Brackeen was shot Saturday, neighbors have continued to show support. Tuesday's procession was no different.

"Just amazing. It's the most amazing thing. I've been watching it online, and just had to come out here to see people from everywhere we know, we don't know. I'm sure the family is going to appreciate it," said Robin Earwood.

Brackeen was attempting to serve a warrant for 23-year-old Irving Fenner, Jr. near Parkview Street early Saturday morning when Fenner allegedly shot Brackeen in the torso.

Officials say Brackeen passed away Monday morning at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

For the procession, the Gaston County sheriff said officials planned to take Interstate 85 from Mecklenburg County to Gaston County, and from Gaston County to Cleveland County, before getting off on Highway 74.

"The southbound lanes of I-85 will be temporarily shut down for a law enforcement procession bringing fallen Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen back home from Charlotte. There will be lights on police cars and officers in salute position at every bridge. Every law enforcement agency in Gaston County is assisting and will fall in with officers from Cleveland County and Mecklenburg County," the Gastonia Police Department said before the procession started.

At the funeral home, after the procession ended, Brackeen's brother, Stephen, led a prayer, thanking the community for their support.

"I pray for this community to heal, those that hurt, God I pray that you reach within them and bring comfort and peace," Brackeen said.

As Brackeen led the prayer, most people could not fight back tears.

"Heart-wrenching, and it was so touching," said Patricia Navey.

Fenner had an outstanding warrant on him for attempted murder. That charge has now been upgraded to first-degree murder.

Previously, he was wanted for armed robbery and kidnapping.

Fenner's sister spoke to WBTV, saying her brother was shot and may be dead.

A police commander said they've heard it both ways - that Fenner was shot and that he wasn't shot. Police said because they haven't seen Fenner, they can't confirm which it is.

Police said they don't know if Brackeen fired his weapon.

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Governor Pat McCrory announced Monday that the State is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction in Officer Brackeen's shooting. An additional $15,000 was added to the reward consisting of donations from various individuals, Crime Stoppers, City of Shelby, and county government.  

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According to the Shelby police chief, McCrory visited Brackeen in the hospital Sunday.

Officer Brackeen is a 12-year veteran of the department and former Officer of the Year.

GoFundMe page was set up for Brackeen. The page says "the funds raised will go to help Tim, Tim's wife, and daughter during their time of crisis."

Ledford said Tuesday that Brackeen's family and fellow police officers need all the support they can get.

To close out the prayer at the end of the procession, Brackeen asked for all of his brother's fellow officers to be safe, so their families don't have to go through this.

"Bless these men as they go now about their business, about their job, about their duty," Brackeen said.

Anyone with information about this case has been asked to contact the Shelby Police Department at (704) 484-6845 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.

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