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According to investigators, Brooks survived the shooting and say he was cited on two misdemeanor charges relating to the incident.

Does cited here mean he was asked to appear in the court? Or does it mean he was accused of the two misdemeanors? somebody was cited on something seems to be a very popular usage. But I'm not sure of its meaning.

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According to the Cambridge Dictionary cite has several meanings, but the one you want is a specialised legal one - to officially name or mention someone or something in a law court, or to officially request someone to appear in a court of law
You can be cited on a number of counts (here two) meaning the authorities are accusing Brooks of two offences.
Or you can be cited for one or more named offences, for example

Brooks was cited for drunkenness and littering.

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