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Davie County Deputy Chris Fleming Recovering In Hospital

11:31 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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Davie County, N.C. -- Deputy Chris Fleming is recovering in the hospital after Stokes County Sheriff Andy Stokes accidentally shot him during a scramble Wednesday night.

On Wednesday evening, Davie County Deputy Chris Fleming was shot by the sheriff during a standoff in Mocksville.

Read: Davie County Deputy, K-9 Shot in Mocksville During Hostage Situation

According to Stokes, five deputies and the dog had gone into the house after 19-year-old Nicholas Tilley. Sheriff Stokes said Tilley shot the dog and the deputies ran out of the house.

Fleming ran into a side room and tried to jump through the window to get out.

Stokes was on the front porch. Stokes said when he heard the glass break, he instinctively fired his gun. Stokes thought it was Nicholas Tilley looking to fire at him.

Two hours later, Tilley eventually surrendered.

Chris' friend and fellow Cooleemee volunteer firefighter, Doug Arledge, told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that Chris is doing OK and is in good spirits. He's received a lot of support from friends, family, and his church, as well as social media.

Doug said the hardest part is accepting the loss of his best friend and partner, K-9 "Gorky".

"It was more than just a work dog to Chris, he was like another brother," said Arledge.

Sheriff Stokes said Gorky saved Chris Fleming's life by going after Tilley.

"These K-9 officers are special people. They understand in critical instances like this, as a general rule, they're going to be first to go in," said Stokes.

Stokes said Gorky was very active for the department especially in drug confiscation.

He was 5 years old and had been with the department for four years with Chris.

Nicholas Tilley is being held in the Davie County Jail on $1.8 million bond. Tilley is charged with attempted first degree murder on a law enforcement officer and killing a law enforcement animal.

WFMY News 2, Davie County Sheriff's Office

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