Cleveland County deputy shot in face and leg recovering

- A deputy who was ambushed by a convicted felon is in the hospital with a long recovery ahead after he was shot twice. 

“He's considered a violent thug in my opinion,” said Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said of the suspect, Dakota Greene. 

Sheriff Norman says Greene shot Deputy Tim Sims in the face and leg late Tuesday night. 

“It was a senseless attack on law enforcement,” Sheriff Norman said.

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One the sheriff says Greene could have killed Deputy Sims, a soon-to-be-father of twins. 

“We could have been planning for his funeral this morning.” 

Sims got a call Tuesday night that Greene, who was wanted for a probation violation in Cabarrus County was in the area of Highway 74 off Shelby road in Kings Mountain. 

Sheriff Alan Norman says Sims and Greene were out of their cars talking when Greene suddenly ambushed his deputy. The shooting was captured on Sims' body camera. 

“This thug turns briefly to his right retrieves a handgun from his waistband and strikes my deputy twice.” 

The sheriff says there's only one way to describe the attacker: “Such a coward.” 

Greene made it all the way to Cabarrus County about an hour away before he was caught in Harrisburg. 

His address is listed as a homeless shelter in Concord, but his new home is a jail cell, facing charges of trying to kill a deputy. 

FOX 46 spoke with Deputy Sims' brother-in-law on Wednesday. He says Sims has some bullet fragments lodged behind his ear, but the amazingly, doctors say he does not have brain damage. 

He says Deputy Sims is acting like himself, joking around and as he put it "cutting up" with everyone at the hospital. 

Greene was moved from a jail in Cleveland County to Lincoln County Wednesday afternoon. His bond was set very high at two million dollars and the sheriff did not hold back today on what he thinks of the suspect. 

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