A North Carolina deputy is recovering after a man pulls out a gun, shoots him, and flees the scene.
Deputy Tim Sims was shot in the thigh and the face and is expected to have a long recovery.
The sheriff calls suspected gunman, Dakota Greene, a “violent thug.” Greene has a lengthy criminal history and was wanted on several parole and probation violations.
Authorities say they got a call about a suspicious person near a car dealership Tuesday night.
Deputy Sims responded and approached the suspect. The sheriff says that’s when the suspect pulled out a gun and shot Deputy Sims twice. The deputy returned fire, but Greene was not hit.
Greene fled the scene and was later arrested.
Officials say the attack was senseless.
“Don’t know where the attack on law enforcement stops, but I can tell you this, it won’t be tolerated in Cleveland County,” says Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman.
Greene is charged with first degree attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Bond was set at two million dollars.