Memorial planned for K-9 killed while responding to home invasion

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Gorky with Davie County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Fleming.

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MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — A memorial service is planned for a Davie County Sheriff’s K-9 who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

A memorial for “Gorky” is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at Davie County High School at 1200 Salisbury Road in Mocksville.

Gorky was shot and killed and its handler, Deputy Christopher Fleming, was shot and injured when officers went to a home to serve a warrant on Jan. 22.

The officers went to serve a warrant on 19-year-old Nicholas Scott Tilley 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.

Authorities said Tilley was using a shotgun and hit Gorky, who died the following morning. Gorky served with the Sheriff’s Office for five years.

Sheriff Stokes said he fired four shots in an attempted to provide cover so deputies could get out of the mobile home and accidentally hit Deputy Fleming.

Deputy Fleming was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He returned to work on Monday.

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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