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Pastor who handled snakes accused of opening fire on mother-in-law's home

Andrew Hamblin / 2012 (Source: WMC Action News 5) Andrew Hamblin / 2012 (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A former pastor, who handled snakes at his East Tennessee church, is accused of following his estranged wife and opening fire at his mother-in-law's house.

Andrew Hamblin is charged with six counts of felony reckless endangerment and one count of aggravated assault. This is the same pastor who allowed WMC Action News 5's Janice Broach inside East Tennessee Tabernacle Church of God to witness a service at which snakes were handled.

"I know the world thinks we're crazy," he said in 2012. "That's what I want to share with the world. We're Christian people. We are part of the Pentecostal movement."

When he spoke with Janice Broach in 2012, Hamblin was trying to grow his church. He gained national notoriety after appearing on a National Geographic reality TV show called "Snake Salvation."

Two years ago, though, wildlife officials seized 53 of Hamblin's poisonous snakes and charged him with illegally keeping dangerous snakes.

Back then, he was married with four children. He now has five kids but is estranged from his wife.

On Sunday, police say Hamblin followed her home, drove up to his mother-in-law's house and opened fire. Nobody was injured.

Hamblin says he now works in a pawn shop and plans to pay a $200,000 bond.

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