The Raleigh Police Department is planning to welcome back to work on Thursday, Jan. 9, one of its officers.

Officer Charles Ainsworth suffered multiple gunshot wounds on Jan. 9, 2019, and was critically wounded while trying to apprehend a gunman. He spent the past year healing from multiple surgeries, exercising, and strengthening his body and mind in preparation for his return to work, police said.

“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,” Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said in a press release Wednesday night.

Ainsworth was following up on a report that when he was shot several times, including in the back, a car stolen at a gunpoint was spotted in southwest Raleigh. He had been hospitalized at WakeMed since the shooting and, according to his relatives, had suffered a series of strokes.

He was finally released in April from the hospital.

Henderson’s Cedric Jamal Kearney was charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, and possession of a stolen firearm in the shooting.

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