The man accused of shooting and killing a Shelby police officer has signed extradition waiver papers and will be returned to North Carolina from Rhode Island.
Officials in Rhode Island said it was unclear when North Carolina officials planned to pick up Irving Fenner and return him to the state to face murder charges for shooting Shelby police Officer Tim Brackeen.
Gov. Pat McCrory has already signed extradition papers necessary to bring him back to North Carolina.
Police say Fenner shot Brackeen during a routine warrant delivery on Sept. 10. Rhode Island State Police and the FBI found him four days later near Providence, R.I., and he was taken into custody. Officials said he had been wounded during his encounter with Brackeen and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
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Brackeen, 38, died at Carolinas Medical Center after two days of fighting for his life.
He had been on the police force for 12 years and was assigned as a K9 officer, police said. He was named the Shelby department’s officer of the year in 2012. He had a wife and daughter.
Brackeen’s death prompted an outpouring of support from law enforcement departments around the nation, including many that sent representatives to the funeral.
Prosecutors told the Observer’s news partner, WBTV, that they expect Fenner to be back in Shelby “in a week or two.” They plan to seek the death penalty.
Five other people have been charged for their involvement in the case, including some accused of harboring Fenner when he was on the run.