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On Wednesday night in Raleigh, two men were arrested for the shooting of a Raleigh police officer.
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 WNCT, authorities say that 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.
Officer C.D. Ainsworth was in surgery for hours after being 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.”
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.