Davie Co. deputy injured in shooting, K-9 dies

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.

Nicholas Scott Tilley

Nicholas Scott Tilley

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.

Gorky with Davie County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Fleming.

Gorky with Davie County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Fleming.

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.

79 comments

    • Tori Norris

      Haha Mark your awesome! Tilley made a mistake, yes but he didn’t shoot the deputy which is funny because the sheriff got his own man. How do you shoot your own deputy with cover shots? Is he going to be charged? He saod of it wasnt for the dog they wouldve been burying an officer but he was the reason they almost had to bury an officer…wow. The boy may have done wrong but I still love him as my friend no matter what everyone says!

  • carlisa frank.

    I work in Davie co. very close to these officers. Our Da’s office is the most sorriest in the state. I know people need chances but this is pitiful. This guy had felony charges which is reduced to misdmeanor charges and given probation. This probation officer is then held responsible for these peoples actions. When are we going to hold the da’s office or the sorry judges for accepting the pleas that are offered. Davie county lawyers have it made. They charge big for little or no work. Its time we start doing something to these people instead of taking the liberal approach and singing kum by ya with these dope heads.

    • T

      If you work in the system, then you must be aware that Davie doesn’t have its own judge. We depend on a rotation of jurists who don’t really know the area or public servants like a permanently seated judge would. And if you work with the system, you ought to know what a sorry jail system we have. It is up-to-date in its maintenance and monitoring of prisoners, but it is SMALL. It’s no wonder that the offenders who aren’t considered to be a severe danger to the public are cut loose, the county doesn’t have the facilities to house them.

      Davie County is a very skewed area. We have the affluence and insularity of Bermuda Run vs the poverty of Coolemee. We desperately need an updated school system, but everyone squabbles on how to make that happen. We have a criminal system with decent officers to uphold the law and protect the citizens but a judicial system that can’t detail with the intake.

      This county has been my home for a number of decades; we love living here; but for its size it has a lot of problems.

    • Saundra

      Are you Mr. Tilley’s mother? If so, I prayed for you often yesterday, as I did for the officers involved.

    • Stephen Melton

      If Tilley is your son, hes a dirtbag. Based the value of life on a pack of smokes.
      Gorky was worth a bit more than that, so if we use your POS sons logic, your son should be dead. Save the taxpayers a bit..

  • krystal

    stokes should be fired he shot chris not the other kid. we are all wishing for our court system to change but this is the same sheriff that left a loaded gun on the back of a toilet at our local subway and nothing was eever done about that. he should have made sure that he had a clear shot before shooting into a home with his deputies still in. my father always make sure you know what you are shooting before you pull that trigger. i thought everyone knew that. shame on you andy stokes i hope you get fired. you of all people should know better. and as to chris my prayers go out to you.

  • David Hedgecock

    Well, Tony your good friend Tilley is responsible for all this tragedy and sadness;;;do you no see that? Based upon your callous heart, I would not be surprised if you acompanied your ‘good friend ‘ on some of his night raids at B&E. B&E in my view should be a felony;;;do you not know that he was convicted of B&E? He carried a loaded weapon and knew how to use it;;and that’s what has brought this community sadness. Tony, you should grow up and grow a brain. These good men may have made some mistakes in their efforts to protect and serve our community, but it was the criminal acts of your ‘good friend’ that brought us to this point. They laid their lives on the line when it counted;;and all you can do is throw rocks at them and praise your lawless friend. You should be ashamed;;;I mean ‘very ashamed!;;;

    • Saundra

      I like you. :D I pray for everyone involved, but let’s face it. Mr. Tilley clearly has issues. He’s going to have plenty of time behind bars to reflect upon them. The police were doing their jobs.

  • SHAWN G

    THIS IS SO SAD THAT GOOD PEOPLE AND COPS HAVE TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE HOOKED ON PILLS THAT DOCTORS HAND OUT TO PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE THEY PAY LITTLE MONEY FOR THIS PILLS AND SELL THEM FOR BIG MONEY. I KNOW FIRST HAND WHAT PILLS DO TO PEOPLE THAT MISS USE THEM MY BROTHER WAS HOOK ON PILLS FOR A LONG TIME IT MADE HIM LOOK BAD AND ACT CRAZY EVERY TIME I GO OUT I AM SEEING PEOPLE STONED ON PILLS AND THEY THANK THAT THEY ARE THE BADDEST MOTHERS AROUND THIS IS SO SAD THAT PEOPLE ARE KILLING PEOPLE OVER PILLS AND KILLING THERE SELF EVERY TIME THEY TAKE A PILL GOD HELP THIS WEAK MINDED PEOPLE

  • anom

    I hope there will be some kind of a ceremony or service for Gorky. He was an officer killed on duty. I hope he wasnt just discarded. I would hope the officer would want his ashes???? I now have 3 urns with my precious babies. and will always keep them.

  • A

    This is a very unfortunate incident. A Deputy has been injured at the hand of his superior and didn’t even accompany him the WFBMC and his superior gives a premature press release before SBI gathers all evidence. I’m sure that was not recommended by his delegates. Sheriff needs to listen to their recommendations, at least the main 2. Andy should have owned up immediately. It is very obvious that he was aware of where his rounds landed after discharge. That is an officers responsibility once it leaves the firearm. If he was not aware of its destination then that is very irresponsible and a civil liability that the citizens of Davie County will bear. The Sheriff is protected by an “umbrella” and is not personally responsible civilly. My question is what repercussions would he impose on a deputy if they done the exact same thing? The knee jerking history of the Sheriff may not reflect on himself. Overall this boils down to integrity. Yes, the suspect became fair game once he set the stage of his capture. Being a wanted suspect is not a defense to the Sheriff’s actions. He (suspect) did not get on television and omit that he shot without a definite target. You never shoot towards “sounds”.Cover fire? Really? Defeats the purpose if the one your covering gets shot. I’m sure it was a very confusing situation and the deputies needed a superior leader to demonstrate competency, professionalism and most of all honesty and integrity not someone who is a liability and an embarrassment. This sets back the Office of Sheriff back decades not the Deputies. Slow down and think, swallow your pride and be honest Sheriff. Everyone expects that from an elected official. Law Enforcement leaders across the nation are depending on it. You guys need all the positive image you can get.

  • frank sinner

    The sheriff needs to retire before he kills any more animals,human or other wise !! I would not want him behind my back in a real shoot out and it is likely he shot the poor dog!! The point is why did this crook come out without a scratch !!

  • jim

    Aside from our opinions, and sadness for the entirety of the event, has anyone stopped to try and understand the possible happenings in the life of Nicholas that would have brought him to a life of drugs and violence? When you feel loved and appreciated what desire is there to hurt other people? And amoungst all of us that were or will be 18 years of age, who at that age has the mental ability to understand our feelings and what they mean? Perhaps what Nicholas was trying to say by this crime is that he hurts deep inside and wants to be loved!

  • tiffyb1970

    Anyone who knowingly and willingly kills a dog needs to be hung up by his neck and left to die slowly :)

  • tiffyb1970

    And anyone who accidentally kills a k9 officer needs to be hung up by their neck and left there to die slowly also :)

  • The Truth Hurts

    It is just a damned dog, and you silly people are getting all worked up for it. Headline should read, “Dog shot by pig.”

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