A Tennessee man lost one of his legs after his son, trying to fend off the 76-year-old’s chainsaw attack, drove over the older man with a lawn mower, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.
The father, identified as Douglas Ferguson, of Bristol, now faces a charge of attempted second degree murder, according to the Bristol Herald Courier.
The incident happened June 28, but, because of the severity of the injury, authorities weren’t able to serve the arrest warrant until Tuesday.
Officials say Ferguson’s son was mowing the front lawn when his father went after him with the chainsaw.
“The son defended himself against the attack by running over the suspect with the lawn mower,” according to an SCSO press release obtained by the Kingsport Times-News. “The injuries that the suspect (Ferguson) sustained were as a result of the lawn mower striking and running over him.”
Ferguson, who was found bleeding from his leg and head, was taken to the hospital where doctors amputated his leg.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office said the two men have a long-running feud.
Ferguson was jailed on the attempted murder charge and for violating parole related to a previous aggravated assault, according to the Times-News. Bond was set at $25,000 for the attempted murder charge. In other crime news, a suspected gang member with his pants pull down in a sagging fashion didn’t get far when he tried to run away from Tulsa Police Department officers.
Police eventually tased Micah Fitzpatrick after he took off running once he saw police officers in September.
The chase that was captured on video and released by the police department, according to KOTV. (Video below)
The video showed a police officer chasing after Fitzpatrick and yelling, “Let me see your hands!”
The officer chased Fitzpatrick into the park and then yelled, “Get on the ground!”
As the officer caught up to Fitzpatrick he used his Taser to bring Fitzpatrick to the ground.
Another officer showed up and helped to put Fitzpatrick in handcuffs.
“Do you got a gun?” the officer asked Fitzpatrick who appeared to say, “No.”
“What are you running for?” the officer asked as he started to search the pockets of Fitzpatrick.
“You need to get some CrossFits, son,” the officer told Fitzpatrick.
The officer then pulled out a handgun from the pocket of Fitzpatrick’s shirt.
“Oh, s**t,” the out-of-breath officer said as he pulled out the gun.
Tulsa Police Department Sergeant Shane Tuell said the Tulsa Gang Unit Officers were in the area.
“They believe they may be dealing with an individual who has a gun, and sure enough when they do catch up to him he was carrying a very large pistol,” said Sgt Tuell, according to KOTV. “That’s why you always hear officers say ‘show me your hands, show me your hands.’ Because it’s not the person that’s going to hurt the officer. It’s what’s in those hands that could hurt the officer.”
Sgt. Tuell said it was common for officers to talk to citizens while they are on patrol, especially in an area known for gang activity.
“We don’t need to have a criminal offense occur to just go up and talk to a citizen, but if they turn around and run then we are allowed to pursue them,” Sgt. Tuell told KOTV.
Watch the video of the chase here:
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 15th, 2018