Family Crimes

Man Loses Leg After Being Run Over By Lawn Mower While Allegedly Trying To Kill Son With Chainsaw

Douglas Ferguson had an ongoing feud with his son, which took a bloody turn at his home in Bristol, Tennessee.  

An elderly man who was allegedly trying to kill his own son with a chainsaw was run over by that son with a lawn mower and had to have his leg amputated, authorities say. Even though the bloody incident occurred in June, Douglas Ferguson, 76, was not arrested until last week because of the severity of his injuries.

On June 28, police were called to a house in Bristol, Tennessee where they found Ferguson bleeding from his leg and head, according to the Bristol Herald Courier. A preliminary investigation indicated he had tried to attack his son with a running chainsaw while he son mowed the yard, the Associated Press reports.

“The son defended himself against the attack by running over the suspect with the lawn mower,” police said at the time, as reported by the Kingsport News Times. “The injuries that the suspect (Ferguson) sustained were as a result of the lawn mower striking and running over him.”

The son was using a zero-turn mower, according to the Kingsport News Times.

Detectives said the father and son had an ongoing feud. The son's name has not been released.

A warrant for Ferguson was ready for some time, but because of his injuries, he has only charged with attempted second-degree murder and violating probation as of Tuesday. He is now being held on a $25,000 bond.

It’s not clear how long after the incident that Ferguson’s leg had to be amputated.

It's unclear whether Ferguson has a lawyer to comment on his behalf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[Photo: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office] 

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