Police: Man who shot Raleigh officer had stolen guns in break-in

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) -- Police say a man accused of shooting and wounding a Raleigh police officer broke into an area home just beforehand and stole six guns.

The News & Observer reports arrest warrants say 23-year-old Cedric Jamal Kearney broke into a Holly Springs home Wednesday night and stole guns including an "Uzi."

He's accused of repeatedly shooting Officer C.D. Ainsworth later that night while the officer investigated a suspicious vehicle, which police say was stolen by Kearney last week. Ainsworth is recovering from surgery. The severity of his wounds is unclear.

Kearney appeared in court Thursday on charges including attempted murder. Another man arrested in the case, 21-year-old Antonio Dequan Fletcher, is charged with possessing a stolen firearm. It's unclear if they have lawyers.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com



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Arrest warrants have identified the Raleigh police officer shot overnight as Charles Ainsworth.

Ainsworth was born and raised in Jacksonville, according to the Raleigh police website.

The officer graduated in 2010 from Swansboro High School and went onto North Carolina State University where he received a degree in psychology.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller says, "Our local officer, even though he worked for Raleigh Police Department, he was one of our own. He was an Onslow County boy who got his education here, so that kind of hits home and makes it very personal."

Swansboro Police Chief Ken Jackson says, "Good young man, very dedicated to what he was doing. Had a good heartfelt passion for what he was doing. You never know when it's going to happen. Our hearts, prayers, they go out to that family, especially the victim himself.​"

Officer Ainsworth was shot as soon as he got out of his patrol car while responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle Wednesday night.

He was taken to a local hospital and underwent immediate surgery.

Officer Ainsworth was shot four times, including once in the neck.

Raleigh police say he's out of surgery, but there's been no other update on his current condition.

Cedric Kearney, 24, is charged with attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Antonio Fletcher, 21, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

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Raleigh Police have identified two men charged in connection to the Wednesday night shooting of a police officer.

Cedric Kearney, 24, is charged with Attempted Murder, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer with a Firearm, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Antonio Fletcher, 21, is charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

Our sister station in Raleigh, WRAL-TV, reports arrest warrants identified the injured officer as Charles Ainsworth.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said Thursday morning, "The officer who was shot in this incident is out of surgery. The Raleigh Police Department is grateful for all of the support from various law enforcement agencies, the surgeons and medical staff and the community. We ask that everyone continue to pray for the officer and his family."

Police say an officer was shot four times, including once in the neck, while trying to apprehend a suspect Wednesday night.

The officer was in surgery overnight and the department announced he was out of surgery by 2:30am Thursday.

There's no further information the officer's condition at this time.

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Two suspects are in custody after a Raleigh police officer was shot Wednesday night.

Authorities say the officer was investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle that was believed to have been involved in a carjacking.

The officer exited the patrol car and was almost immediately shot, sustaining multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the neck, authorities said.

The wounded officer was placed in a patrol car and, on the way to a nearby hospital, was transferred to an ambulance.

The officer was in surgery Wednesday night.

His condition remains unknown.


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A Raleigh police officer was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after being shot in the neck.

The search for a suspect is ongoing.

WRAL reports the shooting happened at about 8 p.m. on Teakwood Place near Deboy Street.

The wounded officer was taken to WakeMed in another officer's patrol car, authorities said.

Authorities did not release any information about the officer’s condition or what led to the shooting.