Suspect in NC officer’s murder captured in Rhode Island

Irving Fenner/WPRI
Irving Fenner/WPRI

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — State and local police have captured a man wanted in connection with the deadly shooting of a North Carolina police officer.

Only Eyewitness News was on scene as Irving Fenner was taken into custody at about 2 a.m. Wednesday on Tiogue Avenue in Coventry.

Fenner, 23, is accused of gunning down Officer Tim Brackeen of the Shelby, North Carolina Police Department on Saturday and has been on the run since. He was spotted on Oxford Street in Providence Tuesday night, setting off a massive search involving local police, U.S. Marshals, and the FBI.

Shelby, NC police officer Tim Brackeen shot and killed/WPRI
Shelby, NC police officer Tim Brackeen shot and killed/WPRI

“It’s been a long period of time where the detectives and the FBI agents all cultivating information, pretty good police work tracking him here,” said Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell. “And they surrounded the house and they talked him out, and he surrendered, he came out peacefully.”

Brackeen, 38, was shot in the chest Saturday and died from his injuries on Monday. The 38-year-old served with the Shelby Police Department for 12 years and in 2012 was named officer of the year. He left behind a wife and a daughter.

Fenner was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Shelby for kidnapping, burglary, and robbery charges. He’s now being charged with first-degree murder.

Police also arrested three people, including Fenner’s half-sister, in Providence Tuesday night and more, along with Fenner, were taken into custody Wednesday morning.

“Two other suspects were arrested here and they’ll be charged with harboring this person,” said Col. O’Donnell.

Fenner was taken to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound. Police did not say how he suffered the injury. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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