Man attacks family with a sword killing his mother

Eightmile, Alabama: The Mobile County Sheriff's Office was called out on Sunday, January 16 for a call of a deceased female and two injured males.


When officers arrived at the scene they located 61-year-old Helen Nettles Washam, deceased.


52-year-old George Washington Nettles, who is described as being bedridden with Cerebral palsy, was found with severe lacerations and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He is listed as being in critical condition.


Desmon Washam was also found at the residence with lacerations to his wrist. He was treated for his injuries at the scene.


The suspect, 23-year-old Damien Winslow Washam fled the scene in a dark green 2000 Honda Accord before officers arrived to the residence and refused to stop for police once they located him.


Eventually, a spike strip was deployed and the vehicle came to a stop.


"Once he came to a stop he attempted to flee. Deputies approached him and he began resisting arrest," Mobile County Sheriff's Office Captain Paul Burch told WPMI. One of the deputies deployed a taser which struck him and he was able to take him into custody."


Washam was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Upon release from the hospital he was booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder, assault in the second degree and attempt to elude police.


The sword that officers believe Washam used in the attack on his family was recovered from the front passenger seat of his vehicle.


"I talked with the dad several times last night and he doesn't know what could have triggered this behavior," Bruch said. "He said there's no known mental illness, no criminal history, has not been a bad kid and he just really has no idea what could've triggered this behavior."