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Man charged with attempted murder after shooting

John Thompson • Updated Dec 19, 2017 at 7:45 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man was arrested following a shooting at 2604 Tenn. Highway 91 on Monday night.

Jeromey Drake Sandlin, 31, 102 Suncrest Drive, Apt. 13, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, domestic assault, simple assault and attempted dangerous felony. He was also served with an outstanding warrant charging him with aggravated assault under the domestic violence law from an alleged incident on Nov. 10.

Deputy Christian Carrier of the Carter County Sheriff's Department responded to a domestic violence call at the Tenn. 91 residence at 8:24 p.m. When he arrived, he reported finding Sandlin lying on his back in the yard of the residence. He said he called the Carter County Rescue Squad to the scene when he looked at Sandlin's face. Carrier said Sandlin was bleeding from his mouth, eyes, ears and nose.

Carrier said he saw a man standing over Sandin as he was lying on his back. Carrier identified the man as Timothy Arnold. Carrier said there was also a woman in the yard who was screaming hysterically. Carrier identified her as Adeania Nidiffer and said she was Arnold's sister.

Carrier said he spoke with Arnold, who told him that Sandlin and Nidiffer came to his residence and they were intoxicated. He said Arnold told him that Sandlin and Nidiffer soon began arguing, which escalated into a physical altercation, with Sandlin punching Nidiffer several times in the face.

Arnold responded to his sister being punched by getting into a physical altercation with Sandlin. He said several pieces of furniture were broken in the process. Arnold said Sandlin then pulled out a Ruger SR22 .22-caliber pistol and fired several times at Nidiffer while she was sitting in a chair in the living room.

Carrier said he saw two bullet holes in the floor. He also saw four empty .22-caliber shell casings lying on the floor in the living room and a Ruger SR22 pistol lying on a coffee table in the living room.

Carrier said Arnold told him that he struck Sandlin in self defense, causing him to drop the pistol. Arnold told Carrier the fight went from the living room to the back porch and ended in the back yard, where the deputy first found Sandlin.

The outstanding warrant that Carrier served on Sandlin was from Nov. 10 and accused Sandlin of hitting Nidiffer in the back of the head, pulling her hair and placing his hands around her neck and choking her.

Carrier said Nidiffer was “extremely uncooperative” during the time he was talking with Arnold and Carrier said he warned her several times to calm down while he was talking to Arnold. The deputy said Nidiffer “continued to scream outside of the residence” and appeared to be “extremely intoxicated.” He charged Nidiffer with disorderly conduct.

Both Sandlin and Nidiffer appeared in Sessions Court on Tuesday. A preliminary hearing was set for Sandlin on Dec. 29. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. found Nidiffer guilty of disorderly conduct. He fined her $25 and court costs.

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