SHELBY, NC (WBTV) - A K-9 officer who trained with Officer Tim Brackeen and the Shelby Police Department several years ago was killed in the line of duty in Tennessee Wednesday.
According to WBIR's Madison Wade, the K9, named Cain, was working with the Crossville Police Department when he was stabbed multiple times.
Wade talked to Cain's handler, Bart Riden, who was heartbroken over the loss of his dog. "I just put two and two together. The officer in my story was best friends with Officer Brackeen who you've done stories on," Wade told WBTV's Sarah-Blake Morgan Friday.
In September 2016, Officer Brackeen was shot and killed while serving a warrant in Shelby. He died from his injuries two days later.
The man accused of shooting him, 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr., escaped to Rhode Island, police say with the help of a relative. He was arrested two days after Officer Brackeen's death by Rhode Island State Police and the FBI. Six other people were arrested in the case for their roles, police say, in helping Fenner escape police and hide in Rhode Island. Four of those people were then indicted by a grand jury.
Cain and Brackeen trained together at the Shelby Police Department several years ago when Cain zero'd in on Brackeen who was wearing a bite suit, according to WBIR.