UPDATED: BRISTOL, Tenn. — A fight between a Bristol father and son involving a chainsaw and lawnmower led to the arrest of the father on a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Although the fight occurred on June 28, Douglas Ferguson, 76, wasn’t arrested until Tuesday because of injuries he suffered, which required amputation of a leg, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The fight occurred at a house on U.S. Highway 421 in Bristol, where officers found Ferguson, who was bleeding from his leg and head, according to a SCSO news release.

An investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division revealed that Ferguson tried to attack his son, who was mowing the yard, with a running chainsaw, the release states.

During the attack, the son, who has not been identified, defended himself by running over his father with the mower, according to the release.

Detectives said the two had a running feud.

When he was arrested, 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.


BRISTOL, Tenn. -- A Bristol man had to have his leg amputated after his son ran over him with a lawnmower to defend himself. 

On June 28, officers with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office were called out to a residence on Highway 421 in Bristol. When they arrived, a man was bleeding from his leg and his head, according to a press release. 

A preliminary investigation showed the bleeding man, identified as Douglas Ferguson, 76, Bristol, had tried to attack his son with a running chainsaw while he was mowing the yard. 

As Ferguson was attacking him, the son defended himself by running over his father with a lawn mower. The injuries on Ferguson were due to the lawn mower running him over, the release said. 

Detective said the two had a running feud. Ferguson ended up having to have his leg amputated. 

SCSO Criminal Investigations began an investigation and Detective Matt Harrison obtained an arrest warrant for Ferguson charging him with attempted second degree murder. 

The warrant could not be served until Tuesday due to the severity of Ferguson's injuries. A violation of probation warrant was also issued at the time. 

Ferguson was arrested and remains in jail on both charges. He has a bond amount of $25,000 on the second-degree murder charge. 

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