The incident began on Sunday. Lt. Brian Durham of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at the Suncrest Drive apartment. Durham said Sandin was gone when law enforcement officers arrived.
The deputy spoke with Sandlin’s girlfriend. The woman said Sandlin struck her in the head with the gun. Durham said she had a small cut on the top of her head. He said the woman also told him that Sandlin had fired two shots inside the residence before he left.
Two days later, Deputy Nathaniel Swymer was called to the residence by the girlfriend. She told him she had just arrived and wanted the deputy to look around. When Swymer checked a closet, he noticed a large object under a blanket. He kicked the blanket and found a person under it.
Swymer said the person under the blanket was Sandlin. He was arrested on the aggravated assault charge.
Sandlin appeared in Sessions Court on Wednesday where Judge Keith Bowers Jr. bound the case over. He is scheduled to answer the charge in Criminal Court on July 27.