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Raleigh police release initial report on officer's shooting

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Raleigh police released a five-day report detailing the circumstances surrounding the shooting of an officer in southwest Raleigh on January 9. 

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Officer C.D. Ainsworth was multiple times, including in the neck, as he responded to a suspicious vehicle call in the area of Schaub Drive and Teakwood Place, police said. 

Four people have been arrested in connection wiht the shooting but only one, Cedric Kearney, 24, of Henderson, is charged with shooting Ainsworth, court documents show. 

The report, released Wednesday afternoon, says Senior Officer B.A. Halpin and Ainsworth responded to the 911 call and parked their vehicles "some distance away" from where the 911 caller said the suspicious vehicle was located. 

The officers then approached on foot and neared the 1200 block of Teakwood Place. 

At that point, Halpin saw two men who appeared to be breaking into a vehicle, the report says. 

Halpin gave the suspects verbal commands to show their hands. The report says one of the suspects, Antonio Dequan Fletcher, complied. 

The second suspect, Cedric Jamal Kearney, turned away from Halpin and encountered Ainsworth. 

Kearney then shot Ainsworth multiple times at close range, the report says. 

Kearney then fired shots at Halpin but missed. 

The suspect ran from the scene as Halpin fired at service weapon at Kearney - missing the suspect, the report states. 

Halpin then called for emergency services and detained Fletcher as he began to give Ainsworth aid. 

Responding Raleigh officers put Ainsworth in the back of a patrol vehicle to transport him to WakeMed. 

The wounded officer was later transfered to an ambulance. 

Kearney was later found hiding in a storage shed off Wendy Lane. 

Kearney 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.

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 SBI will not investigate the incident as the officer's shots did not strike anyone. 


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