A man accused of shooting a deputy in Cleveland County late Tuesday night was arrested in Harrisburg.
Cleveland County Deputy Tim Sims was shot just before 10:30 p.m. along Highway 74 after responding to a suspicious person call at KM Auto Brokers.
Officials say Sims was shot in the cheek and thigh after approaching the suspect, identified as Dakota Gage Greene.
The two were reportedly talking when Greene reached in his waistband, grabbed a handgun and shot the deputy.
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Sims fired one shot at Greene but didn’t hit him. Greene got away but was found less than three hours later walking on a road in Harrisburg.
Greene is being charged with first-degree attempted murder and possession of a firearm by felon.
The injured deputy is recovering and is expected to be OK.
“The deputy sheriff came to work tonight to defend the citizens of Cleveland County and to go home to his family this morning, and right now he’s laying in a hospital,” Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said early Wednesday morning.
Greene, called a “violent thug” and “a coward” by Norman, was reportedly wanted by patrol officers at the time of the shooting.
He was given a $2 million bond and had a court appearance Wednesday morning.
Sims has been a deputy with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office for just over three years, Norman said.