Davie Co. deputy injured in shooting returns to work

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Gorky with Davie County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Fleming.

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DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – A Davie County sheriff’s deputy who was shot and injured while conducting a raid to apprehend a suspect has returned to work.

Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes said that Deputy Christopher Fleming returned to work on “light duty” on Monday.

Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes said he shot Fleming in the shoulder by accident on Jan. 22.

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.

Deputies said Tilley fled the residence to a nearby mobile home on South Angell Road north of Mocksville with two juvenile hostages he reportedly knew.

Authorities said Tilley called his probation officer and said he would not be arrested or go to prison. He also allegedly said he would shoot police officers and kill people.

Deputies said Tilley held the hostages at a home on South Angell Road for about 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 the following morning.

Sheriff Stokes said 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 taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Tilley surrendered to officers and was placed in the Davie County Detention Center under a $1.8 million bond.

He is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and killing an animal officer.

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