Raleigh Police Officer Charles Ainsworth

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Created January 10, 2019

Officer Charles Ainsworth of the Raleigh Police Department was shot multiple times while responding to a suspicious vehicle. He was out of surgery early Thursday, but his condition was not known.

All of the money raised will go to Officer Ainsworth. 

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As the President of the Wake County Chapter of the N.C. Sheriff Police Alliance, my mission is to support those who serve our community. Please donate to this brave hero. North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance 

The funds will be distributed by the Sheriff Police Foundation. We help to fund the services we provide, including a death benefit for the survivors of officers killed in the line of duty, scholarships for the children of law enforcement officers, and  prompt legal representation for any officer involved in any incident while performing his/her duties as a law enforcement officer.   We are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. North Carolina Sheriff Police Foundation 

36089486_1547218673751229_r.jpegDavid Blackwelder - Wake County Chapter President of the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance. 

Ainsworth graduated from Raleigh's police academy in December 2017. He is an alumnus of North Carolina State University, where he majored in psychology. He grew up in Jacksonville.

What led to the shooting
Authorities said Ainsworth attempted to apprehend someone on Western Boulevard near Schaub Drive around 8:25 p.m. following a report of a suspicious vehicle believed to have been involved in a carjacking.

Ainsworth was immediately shot multiple times, including once in the neck, after exiting his patrol car, authorities said.

A Wake County magistrate said that Kearney is suspected of shooting Ainsworth with a .45-caliber handgun, while Fletcher is suspected of being in the car with Kearney.

Warrants show that, before the shooting, Kearney stole a man's phone, car and wallet – together worth $16,000 – and threatened the man with a gun.

Sherry Richmond, 22, of 205 Garden Path St. in Rougemont, was also charged in connection with the robbery. She was not charged in connection with the shooting.

Fletcher's charge of possession of a stolen firearm, a .32-caliber pistol, is unrelated to the robbery that Kearney's and Richmond's charges are connected to.

Read the full story here: https://www.wral.com/2-charged-after-raleigh-police-officer-shot-in-neck-officer-in-hospital/18113974/
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Doctors tell Jenny Ainsworth that her husband’s recovery has been remarkable. She says she’s grateful to the WakeMed doctors, nurses and therapists for their compassion, and for bringing her husband back to her.

“His personality is back and that’s the best thing. When he sees me, he smiles and gives me a hug and a kiss, so he’s there, he’s Charlie,” she said. “His dad got him this Nerf ball gun the other day, and he’ll shoot it at us in the hospital, so him being his old self is a relief.”

Friend of wounded officer glad to be able to help Businesses, teachers pitch in to help wounded Raleigh officer, family
Jenny Ainsworth also wanted to thank her fellow teachers, who donated their vacation time so she could be with her husband. She hopes to return to teaching by the end of the year.

“That’s been amazing, and I’m truly grateful for that because I would not be able to be with Charlie, and it’s nice to know I don’t have to worry about that,” she said of the time donations.

Jenny Ainsworth said her husband may be able to go home in a couple of months, although it could take as much as a year.

“Why he’s been in the hospital so long is because he’s recovering from those strokes,” Jenny Ainsworth said. “The doctors are amazed by how well he’s recovering. They’re saying he shouldn’t be this far, and he is. He’s above and beyond. He’s a fighter.”

https://www.wral.com/he-s-a-fighter-after-struggle-for-survival-wife-says-charles-ainsworth-is-making-remarkable-recovery/18276056/
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I would like to tell everyone thank you for supporting Officer Ainsworth. The GoFundMe account has been transferred to him for his use as intended. You may continue to donate, all of the funds are directly distributed to Officer Ainsworth.
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The Sheriff Police Foundation helps to fund the services we provide, including a death benefit for the survivors of officers killed in the line of duty, scholarships for the children of law enforcement officers, and prompt legal representation for any officer involved in any incident while performing his/her duties as a law enforcement officer. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.
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