Son Kills Mother with Sword and Injuries Two Others

A woman is dead after deputies said she was stabbed to death by her adult son. Mobile County police said a 23-year-old man carried out a sword attack on his family members on Mausap Road, in the Semmes community, around 5:00 pm Sunday night. The suspect, and son of the deceased woman, Damien Winslow Washam, 23, was arrested by Mobile County Sherriff's Office for the murder of his 61-year-old mother Helen Nettles Washam. The murder weapon was a samurai sword, according to Fox-affiliated WALA-TV.

Two other family members were injured. George Washam, 52, uncle of the suspect, who was bedridden with Cerebral palsy, had severe lacerations to his head and was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Another victim, Desmon Washam, brother of the suspect, received lacerations and was treated at the scene.

Damien Washam originally fled the scene when officers arrived. Deputies located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but Washam refused to stop and continued driving. After a high-speed chase, Saraland Police Department was notified and deployed spike strips. After running over the spike strips, the car ran into the ditch. The suspect tried to flee on foot but was apprehended after a deputy used a stun gun. He was transported to a local hospital, Fox News10 reported.

The sword used to kill his mother and injured his uncle and brother was found in the front seat of the vehicle Damien Washam was driving, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The suspect is currently hospitalized but warrants will be signed for his arrest and upon his release will be booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder, assault 2nd, and attempting to elude, according to the MCSO.

America's Health Rankings, which provides an analysis of national health, including violent crimes, on a state-by-state basis in the U.S., reported that violent crime in Alabama was above the national average as of 2019. In its latest data, there were 511 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per every 100,000 people.

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