Chain saw and mower used as weapons

By Mary Elizabeth Williams-Villano

Father who tried to assault son with chain saw suffers amputation followed by arrest.


A father-versus-son lawn-mower-on-chain-saw fight in Bristol, Tennessee, where the power tools were used as weapons, led to the arrest of the father on a charge of attempted second-degree murder, according to a story published in the Bristol Herald Courier.

An investigation by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations division revealed that 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson tried to attack his son, who was mowing the yard, with a running chain saw. The son defended himself by running over his father with the mower. Officers who arrived at the scene found Ferguson bleeding from his leg and head.

SCSO detectives stated the two had a running feud.

Although the fight occurred back in June, Ferguson wasn’t arrested right away because of his injuries, which required amputation of a leg.

Ferguson was also served with a violation of probation warrant on an original charge of aggravated assault. He remains jailed on both charges. Bail was set at $25,000 on the attempted second-degree murder charge.

These actions were certainly not endorsed by the manufacturers of the power tools involved, and probably voided their warranties.