Carter County deputy fired following internal investigation

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) - A Carter County sheriff's deputy fired from his job says he's considering an appeal of the termination.

Deputy Nick Andes was fired on Monday, connected to an accusation that he threw a 10-year-old to the ground.

News Channel 11's Justin Soto found out - that's despite a grand jury clearing him of any wrongdoing.

The sheriff's office - responding to our questions with a statement through a spokesperson, saying in part:

"...we conducted our own internal investigation based on department policy, and it was determined that Mr. Andes' conduct in regards to that incident was inappropriate."

The investigation into Andes' alleged misconduct all started back in May.

According to the Carter County Sheriff's Office reports - 10-year-old Caden Ray and other witnesses said a man who claimed to be a cop was yelling and cursing at kids who were throwing rocks.

That's when Ray told us, "Yeah he pulled me by my shirt then boom," Ray said.

Ray also told officers that the man, later identified as Nick Andes, pulled out a gun.

The Carter County Sheriff's Office then put Andes on administrative leave pending a TBI investigation.

But in July - a grand jury looked at the evidence, deciding not to bring charges against Andes.

District Attorney Ken Baldwin told us,"I would surmise that the grand jury decided that since there were so many conflicting statements that they would not indict," Baldwin said.

The sheriff's office has released no further information about why Andes was terminated.

"He is surprised by the decision and unsatisfied with its unclear reasoning.   Going forward, he will be exploring all options including appealing to the Civil Service Board," Attorney Ryan Curtis said.

This is not the first time Andes has been fired from a local sheriff's office.

A previous News Channel 11 investigation found that Andes was fired from the Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office, for among other things, violation of the sheriff's office use of force policy.



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