Man charged with attempted murder of Shelby police officer

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is facing an attempted murder charge as a police officer fights for life from a gunshot wound.

Shelby police were searching Sunday for 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr. of nearby Grover after Officer Tim Brackeen was shot early Saturday. Brackeen was in critical but stable condition after being shot in the torso. Police say he was protected by a bullet-resistant vest.

Police say the 38-year-old Brackeen has been on the police force for 12 years and is currently assigned as a K9 officer. He was named the Shelby department’s officer of the year in 2012. He is married and has one daughter.

Police say Brackeen was shot while looking for a subject wanted on outstanding warrants.

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