SC: Man shoots blade-wielding assailant, is charged

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May 22, 2011
WYFF News    
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"Laurens County investigators say a man who shot an assailant who was threatening him with a lawn-mower blade is facing an attempted murder charge. According to an arrest warrant, Matthew Ferguson went to Billy Ernest Morris Jr.’s home, and the two men began to argue. Ferguson grabbed a lawn mower blade and threatened Morris with it, according to the warrant. Morris was holding Ferguson’s 2-year-old child at the time, the warrant said. Investigators said Morris retreated into the home, and Ferguson began to beat on the door with the lawn-mower blade while threatening to kill Morris. The warrant said “in a fit of rage,” Morris got a handgun and opened the door and fired two rounds, hitting Ferguson once in the arm. Morris’ brother, Paul Morris, said his brother should not have been charged with attempted murder because the shooting was self-defense. "In my opinion, if a man comes in your house or your yard and yells at you, starts screaming that they're going to kill you ... they should never arrest anybody for that," Paul Morris said." (05/20/11)  

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