Governor Pat McCrory has signed the extradition papers necessary to bring the man suspected of fatally shooting a Shelby police officer back to North Carolina.
Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen was shot last weekend while serving a warrant in Shelby. He died from his injuries two days later.
The man accused of shooting him, 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr. escaped to Rhode Island, police say with the help of a relative, and was arrested early Wednesday morning by Rhode Island State Police and the FBI.
During his arraignment, Fenner fought extradition back to North Carolina to face charges in Officer Brackeen's death.
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"I have said all along that I was committed to pursuing extradition in this case using all legal means that are available," Governor McCrory said Monday. "It is vital that this investigation moves forward as quickly as possible, and part of that involves returning this suspect to North Carolina."
Last week, McCrory announced that the State was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Brackeen's shooter.
The reward was later upped to $25,000 after money was contributed from various individuals, CrimeStoppers, City of Shelby, and county government.
Others arrested in the case
Jolisa Peeler is being held in the Cleveland County Jail after she was extradited Thursday night to Shelby from Rhode Island.
According to investigators, Peeler drove 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr from North Carolina to Rhode Island to hide from police during a manhunt. Investigators say 27-year-old Peeler, Fenner's half-sister, then drove him to Rhode Island where he shaved off his hair in an attempt to alter his appearance.
She was arrested Tuesday night in Providence after an initial search by investigators there for Fenner.
She was held as a fugitive from justice from the State of North Carolina on a felony warrant for accessory to murder after the fact. Peeler was ordered held without bail and arraigned in Rhode Island court Thursday.
She waived extradition and was brought back to North Carolina.
Five other people have been charged for their alleged involvement in the case.
Casey Fenner of New York and Deitra Morris of Shelby were each charged Tuesday night with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder, which is a Class C felony.
Fenner’s uncle, Corry Peeler and his girlfriend Hope Wyman, are both charged with harboring a criminal. Police say the charges stem from "aid that they provided the suspect, Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., after the murder of Officer Tim Brackeen."
Ashley Hamrick, the woman WBTV previously interviewed, was charged Tuesday afternoon with felony harboring a fugitive "for giving Fenner aid and comfort while he was subject to outstanding warrants for 1st degree burglary, robbery with dangerous weapon, and second degree kidnapping," according to Shelby police.
Hamrick is accused of harboring Fenner, knowing he was wanted, when officer Brackeen attempted to serve warrants on him early Saturday morning.
The District Attorney said last week he plans to seek the death penalty for Fenner.
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