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Suspects appear in court after Raleigh police shooting

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The two men arrested in Raleigh following the shooting of a police officer this week, appeared in a Wake County court Friday, with one man now accused of shooting at a second police officer.

Police arrested Cedric Kearney and Antonio Fletcher Wednesday.

At the time, they charged Kearney with attempted murder and other crimes, accusing him of shooting Officer Charles Ainsworth. Fletcher faced a charge of possessing a stolen firearm.

After investigating further, police charged Kearney Thursday with an additional crime of assault of on a law enforcement officer with a firearm. Investigators say he shot at Officer B.A. Halpin, who was with Officer Ainsworth at the time but did not get shot.

Police say Halpin returned fire but did not hit anyone.

Kearney returned to court Friday on that new charge, while Fletcher appeared in court for the first time.

Kearney’s bond stands at $2.6 million. His hearing Friday lasted less than a minute. He’s scheduled to return to court Jan. 31.

Charles Caldwell, chief public defender in Wake County, is representing Kearney.

“I’m confident that Mr. Kearney will have a fair result and a fair trial in this matter should it come to all that,” said Caldwell. “Wake County has very reasonable people, understanding people. Obviously, everyone is upset when a circumstance like this comes up.”

During Antonio Fletcher’s hearing, Judge Ned Mangum asked for additional details about the charge against him.

“Is this weapon alleged to have been stolen from that particular day, or is this weapon from some other event?” he asked.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Latour replied, “I’m not in a position to be able to answer that right now.”

During the hearing, Latour also would not say if Fletcher could face any additional charges.

Mangum increased Fletcher’s bond to $50,000 and also scheduled him to return to court Jan. 31.

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