Judge sets bond in shooting of DeKalb officer

The man accused of shooting a DeKalb County policeman in the arm Wednesday will be held in jail on a cash bond that could buy a small house.

Derek Dwayne Frye surrendered at the DeKalb jail Friday afternoon -- about 48 hours after he called police and promised to surrender.

During the intervening two days, he shaved his head, detective J.R. Jackman said at a first appearance hearing in DeKalb Magistrate Court Sunday night.

Jackman said Frye fired a bullet into officer Jerome Tillery's left arm, shattering bone. Tillery, 26, survived the incident, but Jackman said Frye had intended "pure violence."

A judge set bond at $160,500.

Frye's lawyer, Careton Matthews, said his client spent the 48 hours getting legal counsel. Matthews said he wasn't surprised by what he described as a high cash bond because it was such a "visible" case, but said he would seek a bond reduction.

Frye has been charged with aggravated battery in connection with the shooting of Tillery in the 3000 block of Bouldercrest Road in south DeKalb. He also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with bullets fired into two occupied vehicles nearby.

And then, there are charges of forgery, theft by taking involving a stolen 2006 Ford F-150 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police said Frye, who was convicted of battery in 2000, was carrying a .357 Glock.

Nineteen friends and family members of Frye filled the courtroom, but would not speak to a reporter.

"I think they are wanting to demonstrate their overall support for his roots in the community," Matthews said.