On June 2nd 2019 at approximately 12:15am, deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Wildwood Circle area of Lafollette on a suspicious person/vehicle call. Upon arriving at the location deputies encountered Mr. Nathan Ling, who immediately fled on foot and ignored deputies’ orders to stop and comply.
Mr. Ling was only taken into custody after running into a parked vehicle and rendering himself unconscious. Deputies immediately called for medical personnel to evaluate Mr. Ling. When paramedics arrived Mr. Ling was conscious and had reengaged in fighting with deputies.
Once Mr. Ling was detained for a second time and secured for transport to jail, he became violent again while in route and jail staff was notified. While detained Mr. Ling became even more aggressive, attempting to bite, kick, and spit on deputies. During this struggle former deputy Justin Crabtree struck Mr. Ling in the face. A total of four officers were required to get Mr. Ling back into compliance.
In response to this incident, the 8th Judicial District Attorney requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to review this matter.
On December 18th, 2019, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation presented this matter to a Campbell County Grand Jury. The grand jury returned true bills against the following:
Justin Crabtree: Aggravated Assault, Official Oppression, and Official Misconduct.
Dakota Williams Dakota Williams: Misdemeanor Assault, Official Oppression, and Official Misconduct.
Sean Brown Sean Brown: Misdemeanor Assault, Official Oppression, and Official Misconduct.
Sheriff Robbie Goins states, “We have been aware of this investigation and have fully cooperated from the beginning and will continue to until its conclusion.”