Still recovering, Raleigh officer back at work 1 year after shooting
Thursday is National Law Enforcement Day, and the Raleigh Police Department celebrated in the best way -- by welcoming back one of their own.Posted — Updated
The squad Ainsworth was working with on Jan. 9, 2018, the night he was shot, was the first to greet him personally with a welcome back sign.
During Ainsworth's recovery, the Raleigh Police Department threw its full support behind the officer and his family.
Officer Ainsworth’s dedication, determination, and resilience in the face of such overwhelming circumstances are an example to everyone,” said Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown. “We are so thankful for the great strides and remarkable progress he has made in the past year. We are pleased and proud to welcome him back to service with the Raleigh Police Department."
Ainsworth was following up on a report that a car stolen at gunpoint had been spotted in southwest Raleigh when he was shot several times, including in the neck. He was hospitalized at WakeMed since the shooting and had suffered a series of strokes, according to his family.
He was finally released from the hospital in April.
Cedric Jamal Kearney, of Henderson, is charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm in the shooting.
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