County man charged with attempted murder in domestic dispute

Published 4:51 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Carter County man faces multiple charges after police say he assaulted two individuals, firing a handgun at one of them.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeromey Sandlin, 31, of 102 Suncrest Drive, Elizabethton, Monday night and charged him with attempted second-degree murder, domestic assault, simple assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Deputies also served Sandlin with an outstanding warrant charging him with aggravated domestic assault.

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According to court documents, deputies responded to a home in the 2600 block of Highway 91 in the Stoney Creek community Monday evening around 8:30 p.m. after a 911 caller reported a domestic disturbance at that location.

CCSO Deputy Christian Carrier said when he arrived, he saw a man laying on his back in the yard and identified him as Sandlin. Carrier said another man, whom he identified as Timothy Arnold, was standing over Sandlin and a woman, identified as Adeania Nidiffer, was in the yard “screaming hysterically.”

Carrier said he called for the Carter County Rescue Squad to check Sanderlin, who had visible injuries to his face and was bleeding from his mouth, ears, eyes, and nose. The deputy then separated the three individuals to try to determine what had happened.

Arnold told the officer Nidiffer, who is his sister, came to his home with Sandlin and they were both intoxicated. During the visit, Arnold said Sandlin and Nidiffer got into a verbal argument that escalated into a physical altercation.

“Mr. Arnold stated that Mr. Sandlin struck Ms. Nidiffer in the face multiple times with his fist,” Carrier said.

At that time, Arnold said he and Sandlin began fighting, and multiple pieces of furniture were broken during their altercation.

“Mr. Arnold then stated that Mr. Sandlin pulled a gun on him and Ms. Nidiffer and fired multiple rounds at Ms. Nidiffer while she was sitting in a chair in the living room,” Carrier said. “I witnessed two holes in the floor consistent with a gunshot.”

Carrier said he also saw four empty .22 caliber shell casings laying on the living room floor and a Ruger SR22 pistol laying on the coffee table in the living room, and he secured the firearm.

“Mr. Arnold then explained that in self defense he began striking Mr. Sandlin causing him to drop the pistol,” Carrier said. “Mr. Arnold stated the fight went from the living room to the back porch and then ended in the backyard where I witnessed him lying upon my arrival to the call.”

Carrier said Nidiffer was “extremely uncooperative” while he investigated the incident and continued to scream outside the residence.

Emergency medical personnel transported Sandlin from the home to the emergency room at Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment. After he was treated at the hospital, deputies placed Sandlin under arrest and transported him to the Carter County Detention Center.

Sandlin remains held at the jail under a $40,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on Friday, Dec. 29.