(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A Raleigh police officer who was shot in the line of duty back in January has been released from the hospital, the police department announced on Friday.
"We appreciate the immense outpouring of love, support, well wishes, and words of encouragement from the community," Raleigh Police wrote on Twitter.
We are pleased to report that @raleighpolice Officer Charles Ainsworth was released from the hospital this morning. We appreciate the immense outpouring of love, support, well wishes, and words of encouragement from the community.— Raleigh Police (@raleighpolice) April 26, 2019
WRAL reports that Officer Charles Ainsworth was following up on a report that a car stolen at gunpoint had been spotted in southwest Raleigh on Jan. 9 when he was shot several times, including in the neck. As police responded to the shooting, an officer loaded Ainsworth into the back of a patrol car and began driving him toward WakeMed. He met an ambulance along the way, and Ainsworth was transferred to the ambulance for the rest of the trip.
Officer Ainsworth had been hospitalized since the shooting and had suffered a series of strokes, his family told WRAL.
Cedric Jamal Kearney, 24, of Henderson, N.C., has been charged with attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and robbery with a dangerous weapon. The other suspect, Antonio Dequan Fletcher, 21, from Cary, N.C., has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm.