(left) suspect Dakota Gage Greene (right) Cleveland County Deputy Tim Sims
SHELBY, NC (FOX 46 WHZY) - A man has been captured after authorities say he shot a Cleveland County deputy in the face and leg Tuesday night along U.S. 74.
Dakota Gage Greene, 23, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection to the shooting of Cleveland County Deputy Tim Sims.
According to the sheriff's office, Deputy Sims had been responding to a call around 10:30 p.m. about a suspicious person near KM Auto Brokers on East Dixon Boulevard.
Greene had a warrant for probation and parole violations.
Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said when Deputy Sims arrived, he encountered a confrontation. The suspect, Greene, started firing shots at Sims striking him in the face and thigh. The deputy returned fire, although the suspect was not hit. Deputy Sims was able to call for back-up.
Several hours later, Greene was located and taken into custody in Harrisburg by Cabarrus County deputies. The suspect is being held at the Lincoln County jail under a $2 million bond.
Deputy Sims was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and is expected to be OK.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation.