Man accused of killing North Carolina police officer arrested in Rhode Island

Suspect captured 3 days after officer shot

PROVIDENCE, R.I -- Authorities arrested the man accused of killing a Shelby police officer early Wednesday morning in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island authorities said Irving Fenner Jr. was arrested around 2:30 a.m. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound he suffered in Shelby. 

Fenner is accused of shooting and officer Tim Brackeen early Saturday morning. Authorities took Fenner into custody at a home in Coventry, Rhode Island. 

Rhode Island State Police received information that Fenner, Jr. was inside an apartment on Oxford Street in Providence, Rhode Island Tuesday night, according to WJAR

Officers used tear gas and gave warnings before entering, WJAR reports, but the raid turned up nothing as no one was inside the home. 

Earlier in the evening Tuesday, Ashley Hamrick and Deitria Morris were arrested in connection with Officer Brackeen's death.

One of the arrestees, Hamrick, told WCNC's Michelle Boudin on Monday that Fenner is from Providence.

Jolisa Peeler was arrested for accessory after the fact of first degree murder during the raid in Rhode Island. Casey Fenner was also arrested on the same charges.

Honoring a fallen officer

On Tuesday, a processional for the body of a fallen Shelby Police officer shut down I-85 and brought hundreds to show support.

Dozens of police cruisers with flashers on and sirens blaring escorted Officer Tim Brackeen from CMC Main in Charlotte where he passed away Monday more than 50 miles to a Shelby funeral home. Along the way, flag-draped fire trucks and community members lined overpasses to see the processional breeze by.

"I hope they know they're not alone, they have the community standing behind them," said Kara Lesper, from a Belmont overpass.

"I want to pay my respects to the officer, to his family, to all his brothers and sisters in blue," said Dawn Caniff.  "Very emotional, this just hits home to me; my dad was a police officer for 25 years, so to see this happening is just breaking my heart."

The crowds grew larger near Shelby. Spectators lined the streets leading to the funeral home. Some held flags, balloons or handwritten signs as the hearse carrying Officer Brackeen ended its journey.

"Our community is one of the strongest communities around," said Jeffrey Johnson, of Shelby

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