RI police capture suspect in fatal shooting of NC officer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — State and local police have captured a suspect possibly connected to a deadly shooting out of state.

According to Rhode Island State Police, officers believed the man wanted for shooting and killing a North Carolina police officer was on Oxford Street in Providence. State police said the FBI, Providence police and U.S. Marshals were at the scene searching for 23-year-old Irving Fenner. He is considered to be armed and dangerous, police said.

Shelby officer Tim Brackeen, 38, was shot on Saturday. (Police photo)
Shelby officer Tim Brackeen, 38, was shot on Saturday. (Police photo)

The officer, 38-year-old Tim Brackeen of the Shelby, North Carolina Police Department, was shot in the chest on Saturday. He died Monday from his injuries. Brackeen was married with a daughter, Eyewitness News has learned. In 2012, he was named officer of the year.

State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell said officers used tear gas to get into the building in Providence. He also said the suspect’s half-sister was taken into custody at the home.

According to a news release from the Shelby Police Department, Jolisa Peeler, of Rhode Island, was arrested locally on Tuesday and charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder, a felony.

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