Father, 76, who tried to kill his son with chainsaw loses leg after son runs over him with lawnmower in self-defense

The man had first tried to attack his son with the chainsaw and the son, who was mowing the lawn at the time, said that he ran over his father in self-defense


                            Father, 76, who tried to kill his son with chainsaw loses leg after son runs over him with lawnmower in self-defense

An elderly man in Bristol lost one of his legs after being run over by a lawnmower driven by his own son, who claims he reacted in self-defense. Douglas Ferguson, 76, who was recently discharged from medical care at a hospital, is accused of attempting to kill his son with a running chainsaw, an incident which reportedly took place three months ago.

According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) on October 11 night, Ferguson is charged with an attempted second-degree murder. The incident of him trying to attack his son with a chainsaw also led to both of the charges and his injuries that he sustained on June 28.

The police report stated that when the authorities were called to a home on Highway 421 in Bristol, Tennessee, they found an injured elderly man bleeding from his head and leg. 

Mugshot from a previous arrest of Douglas Ferguson (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)
Mugshot from a previous arrest of Douglas Ferguson (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)

In the meantime, the authorities also discovered (after questioning witnesses) that Ferguson's son had been mowing the lawn with a zero-turn mower, reported the Kingsport Times-News.

For some unspecified and weird reason, Ferguson allegedly tried to violently attack his son with a running chainsaw. Investigators from the SCSO reported that the two men have had a feud for quite some time now and that this wasn't the first time they have tried to do something drastic to each other.

The SCSO press release states: "The son defended himself against the attack by running over the suspect with the lawn mower. The injuries that the suspect (Ferguson) sustained were as a result of the lawn mower striking and running over him."

Detective Matt Harrison was the one tasked with investigating the case and he obtained a warrant for Ferguson's arrest. 

Because of the elderly man's injuries, hospitalization, and the rehabilitation, the authorities were not able to arrest him until October 9. Ferguson was also served a violation of probation warrant with the probation that he had related to a former aggravated assault charge.

The bond amount for the attempted second-degree murder charge has been set for $25,000. There is no bond for the violation of probation, according to the law.