Man accused in ax attack says neighbor’s dog ate his chicken

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A man is accused of attacking his neighbor with an ax after he says their dog ate his chickens. 

The son of the victim told News 2 he witnessed the attack and held down the suspect, Garret Ankney until police arrived. 

The crime scene tape is still up around the backyard of the home off Clarksville Pike, where police were called for a stabbing around 10 p.m. Tuesday. 

Upon arrival, police found both of the victim’s forearms sliced. 

Witnesses told police Ankney and the victim was in an argument over the victim’s dog eating or killing Ankney’s chickens. 

The victim’s son told News 2 that Ankney first fired his gun from his trailer, which is down the same drive as their home and then he made his way outside their home.  

An arrest affidavit said that’s where a verbal argument led to an altercation in which Ankney used an ax to slice the victim’s forearms, as Ankney defended himself from the blows. 

It also said Ankney tried to run from the scene and pushed a woman down on the way.  

Two witnesses were able to pin Ankney down until police arrived. 

Ankney was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as assault. He has since bonded out of jail.  

Ankney’s criminal history from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation dates back to 1999 with more than a dozen offenses, including assault charges in 2000. 

The victim was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and released Wednesday. 

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