DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — A Davie County deputy and his K-9 were shot while conducting a raid to apprehend a suspect Wednesday evening.
The K-9, a Russian Shepherd named “Gorky” died Thursday.
The deputy who was injured has been identified as Christopher Fleming.
Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes said in a press conference Thursday that he shot Fleming in the shoulder by accident during the incident.
Officers went to a residence to serve a warrant on 19-year-old Nicholas Scott Tilley around 4 p.m. in reference to a suspected home invasion.
Tilley fled the residence to a nearby mobile home on South Angell Road north of Mocksville with two juvenile hostages he reportedly knew.
According to a release, Tilley called his probation officer and stated that he would not be arrested or go to prison. He also stated that he would shoot police officers and kill people.
Tilley held the hostages at a residence on South Angell Road for approximately one hour before releasing them after being giving cigarettes he had demanded from officers.
Three sheriff’s deputies and the sheriff went to the mobile home to raid it around 7:30 p.m. Deputy Fleming went in first with his K-9. Tilley hid behind a wall and started shooting “instantly,” according to Sheriff Stokes.
Tilley, who was using a shotgun, hit the police K-9. Gorky, who served with the police department for five years, died around 1 a.m. Thursday.
“If it wasn’t for that dog, I’m sure in my mind we would be burying an officer,” Stokes said Thursday.
Sheriff Stokes said Thursday he fired four shots in an attempted to provide cover so deputies could get out of the mobile home when he accidentally hit Deputy Fleming.
Deputy Fleming was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he is in stable, good condition.
Tilley surrendered to officers around 8 p.m. He is in the Davie County Detention Center under a $1.8 million bond.
His is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and killing an animal officer.
Additional charges are pending.
Davie County deputies said they are planning a memorial for Gorky.