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


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

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    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.

    Photo Courtesy: WRAL
    Photo Courtesy: WRAL

    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.

    Kearney was apprehended about four hours after Ainsworth's shooting in a tool shed about a half-mile away.

    Photo Courtesy: WTVD
    Photo Courtesy: WTVD
    (Officer C.D. Ainsworth)

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    A homeowner called police after he heard noise inside a shed and saw someone trying to undo a latch on the outside of the door from the inside.

    Kearney appeared in court Thursday on several charges including attempted murder. Another man arrested in the case, 21-year-old Antonio Dequan Fletcher, is charged with possessing a stolen firearm.

    Photo Courtesy: WRAL
    Photo Courtesy: WRAL

    Fletcher has no criminal history, while checks of court databases show Kearney's prior criminal offenses were speeding charges from Brunswick County, Va., in September 2016 and from Vance County in October 2017 and a February 2018 reckless driving charge from Greensville County, Va.

    Ainsworth is recovering from surgery. The severity of his wounds is unclear at this point.

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