“There was no obstruction with the investigation or anything like that,” Worsham said.
But the investigation into Sandoval’s conduct uncovered unspecified “internal policy violations” that apparently forced Stein and Huffschmidt’s hands. Worsham would not say whether their infractions were firing offenses.
Two other officers on the scene have been cleared of any wrongdoing and are back at work.
Sandoval’s former wife initially blamed her bloody lip on an accident in which she tripped and fell, according to the incident report by Cobb police. But a security officer told police he witnessed a tall man in a gray hoodie pick up the woman, believed to be Sandoval, slam her onto the sidewalk and punch her in the face with a clenched fist. The report said another man had to pull Sandoval off the woman.
Sandoval faces two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence and one simple battery charge. He was released from the Cobb jail on a $3,500 bond.
Staff writer Zachary Hansen contributed to this article.