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Police dog killed, deputy wounded in Davie County

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Nicholas Tilley killed a K9 following a two-hour standoff in Mocksville. Nicholas Tilley killed a K9 following a two-hour standoff in Mocksville.
MOCKSVILLE, N.C. -

Authorities say a 19-year-old man killed a police dog during a two-hour standoff Wednesday in Davie County.

Investigators said the standoff began Wednesday afternoon, when a deputy went to arrest Nicholas Tilley in Mocksville. Tilley was wanted on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary charges in connection with a reported home invasion.

Deputies said Tilley took a child hostage Wednesday around 4 p.m. and drove to a mobile home, where he took a second child hostage.

Authorities said after Tilley released his hostages, a police dog and its handler, deputy Chris Fleming, went inside. Tilley then started firing, hitting the dog several times.

Tilley fired three shots, Sheriff Andy Stokes said Thursday, and then the sheriff returned two shots down a hallway for cover. Stokes fired one more shot through a glass window, which hit Flemming in his shoulder.

Investigators said Fleming is expected to recover, but the dog, Russian Shepherd named "Gorky," died several hours after being shot.

Tilley, 19, surrendered a few hours later. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder on a law enforcement officer and killing an animal officer.

Tilley is being held under a $1.8 million bond.

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