After of­fi­cer shot, Raleigh po­lice chief calls for end to gun vi­o­lence

The News & Observer - - Triangle & N.C. - BY THOMASI MCDON­ALD AND JOSH SHAF­FER tm­c­don­[email protected]­sob­server.com jshaf­[email protected]­sob­server.com

Raleigh Po­lice Chief Cas­san­dra Deck-Brown called Fri­day for the com­mu­nity to work to­gether to pre­vent gun vi­o­lence, two days after an of­fi­cer was shot and wounded.

“Gun vi­o­lence hurts ev­ery­one,” Deck-Brown said in a news con­fer­ence Fri­day af­ter­noon. “It hurts the com­mu­nity. ... Let us all part­ner to make a dif­fer­ence in that re­gard. This is our city, and these are my of­fi­cers.”

Of­fi­cer C.D. Ainsworth was shot sev­eral times about 8:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day while re­spond­ing to a call about a stolen vehicle off of West­ern Boule­vard.

Deck-Brown said Ainsworth, who grad­u­ated from the Raleigh po­lice academy in 2017, is a ded­i­cated of­fi­cer. All po­lice of­fi­cers “of­ten step into dan­ger,” she said.

“It takes a ton of courage, and that’s who he is,” she said.

Cedric Ja­mal Kear­ney, 23, has been charged with at­tempted mur­der.

Deck-Brown said po­lice are not re­leas­ing in­for­ma­tion about Ainsworth’s med­i­cal con­di­tion at the re­quest of the of­fi­cer’s fam­ily. Ainsworth un­der­went surgery after the shoot­ing, and Deck-Brown said she is hop­ing for “a full re­cov­ery.”

Deck-Brown did not dis­cuss de­tails about what led to the shoot­ing. But events ap­par­ently were set in mo­tion when some­one re­ported that a Dodge Dart had re­turned to the spot where it had been stolen five days ear­lier.

Ainsworth had re­sponded to a car­jack­ing on Teak­wood Place on Jan. 4, ac­cord­ing to po­lice re- cords. A man said he was robbed at gun­point of his wal­let, phone and car.

An uniden­ti­fied caller reached out to po­lice Wed­nes­day evening and said the stolen Dart was parked at the scene of the crime.

“I saw a car match­ing the de­scrip­tion lit­er­ally go up and park ex­actly where the rob­bery hap­pened,” the caller said.

He told a 911 dis­patcher that a man in a gray hoodie and a woman in a red track suit matched the de­scrip­tion the vic­tim gave last week. He said they were “act­ing sus­pi­cious.”

Po­lice have charged Kear­ney in the rob­bery, and also Sherry Marie Rich­mond. Rich­mond, 21, of Hills­bor­ough was also at the shoot­ing scene Wed­nes­day and lied to of­fi­cers about her name, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant.

Po­lice said Thurs­day that An­to­nio De­quan Fletcher, 20, of Cary was also at the shoot­ing. He was charged with pos­ses­sion of a stolen .32-cal­iber pis­tol.

A search for the sus- pects closed down the I-440 Belt­line and nu­mer­ous sur­round­ing streets. Of­fi­cers used K-9 track­ing dogs.

“We got move­ment in the woods,” one man said over emer­gency commu- nica­tions traf­fic.

Kear­ney was dis­cov­ered that night hid­ing in a shed off Wendy Lane, neigh­bors re­ported.

Po­lice later charged Kear­ney with as­sault­ing a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer with a firearm. They say he also fired at Of­fi­cer B.A. Halpin on Wed­nes­day night. Halpin “re­turned fire but did not strike any­one,” po­lice said.

A fourth per­son, Amonie Shanteas Fletcher, 20, was charged in con­nec­tion with a break-in at a Holly Springs home ear­lier Wed­nes­day.

Po­lice have ac­cused Amonie Fletcher and Kear­ney of break­ing into a house on Steed­mont Drive on Wed­nes­day and tak­ing six guns, in­clud­ing a Mac-11 semi­au­to­matic, an SKS “bullpup” ri­fle with a bay­o­net and an “uzi” pis­tol.

Amonie Fletcher lives on Teak­wood Place, near the site of the car­jack­ing and the shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice records.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, Deck-Brown said the Raleigh Po­lice De­part­ment is a fam­ily.

“And as you can imag­ine with any fam­ily that has been struck with a sense­less act of vi­o­lence, we are heart­struck, we are dis­turbed. ... It’s times like these that test us.”

JU­LIA WALL [email protected]­sob­server.com

Raleigh Po­lice Chief Cas­san­dra Deck-Brown takes ques­tions from re­porters on Fri­day about Raleigh po­lice of­fi­cer Charles Ainsworth, who was shot Wed­nes­day night.

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