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Raleigh officer undergoes surgery again after being shot multiple times

A Rougemont woman is also charged in connection with the incident.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WNCT) -  The Raleigh police officer who was shot in the line duty Wednesday night is undergoing surgery again, our sister station CBS 17 confirms. 

Officer C.D. Ainsworth was in surgery for hours after being shot multiple times but Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said around 2:30 a.m. Thursday that he was out of surgery.

He was listed in critical condition after his initial surgery.

At 5 p.m., doctors were again working on Ainsworth's injuries. 

He was shot in the neck at least once.

"We are praying for the best outcome," read a statement from the Raleigh Police Department. "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the officer, the family, and the Raleigh Police Department. We appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes."

According to the department's website, Ainsworth was born and raised in Jacksonville and earned a bachelor's in psychology from N.C. State University.

He serves in the police department's Southwest District.

Cedric Kearney, 24, of Henderson, 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, of Cary, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

The charges come after the officer was shot multiple times around 8 p.m. on Western Boulevard near Schaub Drive.

According to authorities, Fletcher and Kearney stole a man's car, phone and wallet and then threatened him with a handgun. The two men were fleeing the scene when the officer stopped them because the tags came up as a stolen vehicle. Shots were then fired.

A GoFundMe has been set up to support Ainsworth.

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The Raleigh police officer who was shot multiple times Wednesday night was born and raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina, area according to the Raleigh Police Department. 

Officer C.D. Ainsworth attended Swansboro High School before graduating from North Carolina State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. He serves in the police department's Southwest District.

Ainsworth was in surgery for hours, but Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said around 2:30 a.m. Thursday that he was out of surgery.

A source told 9 On Your Side sister station CBS 17 that the officer was shot in the neck.

"We are praying for the best outcome," read a statement from the Raleigh Police Department. "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the officer, the family, and the Raleigh Police Department. We appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes."

Ainsworth was shot multiple times while trying to apprehend two suspects around 8 p.m. on Western Boulevard near Schaub Drive in Raleigh. 

The two men have been arrested.

Cedric Kearney, 24, of Henderson, 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, of Cary, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

According to authorities, Fletcher and Kearney stole a man's car, phone and wallet and then threatened him with a handgun. The two men were fleeing the scene when Ainsworth stopped them because the tags came up as a stolen vehicle. Shots were then fired.

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the search, the RPD release said.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol sent in its helicopter from Salisbury to assist with the manhunt, the NCSHP told CBS 17.

Sherry Richmond, 22, of Rougemont, is listed in Kearney's charging documents as being involved in the robbery before the shooting occurred. She is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. She was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official based on a November 2018 incident in Durham.

Kearney is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $2.5 million secured bond.

Fletcher is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Richmond is being held in the Wake County Detention Center without bond.


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