K9 Officer Timothy James Brackeen

K9 Officer Timothy James Brackeen

Shelby Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, September 12, 2016

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Timothy James Brackeen

Police Officer Tim Brackeen succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while attempting to arrest a man near the intersection of DeKalb and Gidney Streets. The suspect was wanted for armed robbery and kidnapping.

He was searching the area when other officers who were on scene heard several gunshots. They located Officer Brackeen moments later suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Carolinas Medical Center, where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.

The 23-year-old suspect was captured four days later by a SWAT team in Coventry, Rhode Island. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the left torso fired by Officer Brackeen. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in October 2019.

Officer Brackeen had served with the Shelby Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Canine Unit. He was survived by his wife and six-year-old daughter. His canine partner, Ciko, was retired and is now living with a trainer that has known Ciko since he was a puppy.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 763

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Wow, how can it be seven years? The pain of this loss is still real, and my heart still pains with your absences. However, I will not be a prisoner of this grief. This life I have will honor Christ and remember you!
"Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our absolute disaster."
Hope is such a powerful word. Hope in men will disappoint. Hope in temporal circumstances will mislead, but Hebrews 6:18-19 promises, "we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…"—praying that through whatever tragedy you might be facing that you find an anchor for your soul in the very ONE who created your soul.

Dr. Stephen Brackeen, Chaplain
Shelby Police Department

September 12, 2023

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