The Wilson Times

Monday, April 08, 2013 12:01 AM

Person, sheriff's K-9 shot Sunday

By Corey Friedman | Times Online Editor

A person was shot below the neck and a sheriff’s K-9 was shot during a chase through the woods in separate Wilson County incidents early Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies investigated a shooting at a home on Good News Church Road, which is north of Saratoga and has a Stantonsburg address. Paramedics rushed the victim to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and emergency dispatchers said he or she had been shot just below the neck.

Medics secured the victim on a stretcher and wheeled the person to a Wilson County Emergency Medical Services ambulance parked on the home’s grass lawn. The ambulance sped away shortly after 2 a.m.

Sheriff’s office K-9 Bruce was reportedly shot as deputies chased a suspect through the woods near Saratoga just before 1:30 a.m. Deputies brought the dog to Eastern Carolina Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services for surgery.

Dispatchers notified other K-9 handlers that Bruce may need blood donors. Three Wilson police cars were parked outside the emergency vet clinic shortly after 2:30 a.m.

Sheriff Calvin Woodard referred questions to Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel, who said incident reports were incomplete and details of both shootings were unavailable late Sunday.

The sheriff’s office started a K-9 unit in December 2011 with four German shepherds from the Czech Republic, Zora, Bruce, Uno and Drago. Bruce was 2 years, 9 months old when his tour of duty began.



Wilson police on Sunday identified a man who was found dead in a car near a busy city intersection on Friday.

Officers found the body of 41-year-old Kirk Alan Lilly of Allentown, Pa., in a 2010 Honda Accord parked near the junction of Raleigh Road Parkway and Old Merck Road, Wilson police Capt. Tad Shelton said.

Police wouldn’t say how Lilly died, but Shelton confirmed Friday that he was not involved in a car crash.

"The investigators are still working through a lot of information related to the case, and we wouldn’t want to potentially jeopardize anything down the road by releasing anything else this early in the investigation,” Shelton said in a Sunday email.

Officials towed the car to the city of Wilson’s operations center at 1800 Herring Ave. for safety, Shelton previously said.

State Bureau of Investigation agents and Wilson police detectives were investigating the death late Friday. | 265-7821

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