NC Sheriff Accidentally Shot Deputy; K9 Shot Dead By Hostage Suspect

4:29 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
Mug shot of Nicholas Tilley, the suspect NC Deputies were pursuing (via WFMY)
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By Liz Crawford, WFMY

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. - A Davie County Sheriff Deputy and a K9 were shot Wednesday evening in Davie County. 

According to Davie County EMS, Deputy Chris Fleming and a K9 were shot during a hostage situation. 

Thursday morning, the sheriff's office confirmed that the K9 "Gorky" died from his gunshot wound. The deputy is still being treated for a gunshot wound to his upper arm.

Update: During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes said he accidentally shot Deputy Fleming. Stokes said he believe the incident was part of an ambush on his deputies.

Authorities say the incident began after deputies tried to serve a warrant to Nicholas Scott Tilley wanted for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Burglary, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury.

The suspect ran off to a house and took two hostages inside. At the time he began calling his probation officer and said he would not go to prison. But he also told the officer he "would shoot police officers and kill people."

After negotiations with authorities, Tilley released the hostages unharmed.

Chief Deputy JD Hartman said "Finally the two hostages were released, officers could see the suspect and attempted to take him into custody when he opened fire on the officers."

Deputy Fleming, Chief Deputy Hartman, one other deputy, and the K-9 had gone in the home just before Fleming was shot.

Investigators tell WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford Deputy Fleming was shot in the upper right arm. He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and is in stable condition. The Davie County Sheriff was at the hospital with him on Wednesday night.

"Eventually the suspect came out after an additional stand off with him," said Chief Deputy Hartman.

"He came out and surrendered. He is in the Davie County Jail."

There were no other reported injuries. 

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