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‘Not like other officers:’ Woman remembers helpful words from wounded Raleigh officer

January 11, 2019
Raleigh police Officer Charles Ainsworth

The news about a Raleigh police officer shot in the neck Wednesday night spread through the law enforcement community quickly, but also touched the lives of the people Officer Charles Ainsworth served.

Latisha Bain-Cameron said Ainsworth, who remains in serious condition after being shot multiple times, was unlike any officer she had ever encountered. After hearing his name and seeing his face on the news, she knew it was the man who had calmed her on a day when she was at her wits’ end.

“I said that looks like the officer that helped me find my daughter,” Bain-Cameron said.

When Bain-Cameron’s teenage daughter disappeared in June, she said Ainsworth’s words kept her calm.

“He was very patient. He was very compassionate. I’ve never experienced that with an officer. At that time, finding my daughter was important to him,” she said.

After several hours, her daughter, now 16-year-old Annbracha Loudermilk, came home, but Bain-Cameron never forgot Ainsworth.

“He already knew she was on her way home and he said, ‘As soon as she gets here, call me.’ He was here within like maybe 10 minutes or so,” Bain-Cameron recalled.

Ainsworth, she said, even took a moment with her daughter.

“He asked me what was on my mind and why I did it,” Loudermilk said. “He was very gentle and kind and not like other officers [who] would have been mad or very firm. He was very kind to me that night.”

It’s why the news that Ainsworth had been shot hit the mother and daughter so hard.

“What happened should’ve never happened,” Bain-Cameron said.

Bain-Cameron said she hopes that she will one day be able to thank Ainsworth for is kindness face-to-face.

“He spent a lot of time that day helping me find my daughter,” she said.

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