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Cops: He Went After Son With Chainsaw, Lost His Own Leg

Douglas Ferguson, 76, was arrested after 3 months of medical care
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2018 6:15 AM CDT
Douglas Ferguson   (Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A Tennessee man who finished three months of treatment following the amputation of his leg was arrested Tuesday in connection with the June 28 event that cost him his limb. The Kingsport Times-News reports police arrived at a home in Bristol three months ago and learned that Douglas Ferguson, 76, had allegedly tried to attack his son with a chainsaw as the man mowed the lawn—and the son used the machine to protect himself. Per the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, "The son defended himself against the attack by running over the suspect with the lawn mower."

The injuries Ferguson suffered to his head and leg "were as a result of the lawn mower striking and running over him," a news release continued, and ultimately led to the amputation. No motive was given for the attack, though police say the men were involved in a long-running feud. The Herald Courier reports the warrant for Ferguson's arrest couldn't be served until Tuesday because of how serious Ferguson's injuries were. He remains jailed on a $25,000 bond. (This lawn mower was put to a more positive use.)

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