SEMMES, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office says the man suspected of killing his mother with a sword in Semmes has been identified.
MCSO says Damien Winslow Washam, 23, used a sword to assault his mother, Helen Nettles Washam, 61. Investigators say the sword was also used to injure two others, Washam’s uncle George Nettles, 52, and Desmon Washam, Damien’s brother.
MCSO says, when they located Washam’s vehicle, Washam refused to stop and continued traveling toward Highway 158.
MCSO notified Saraland Police who deployed spike strips to end the pursuit. Washam’s vehicle was stopped on Highway 158 near mile marker 6.
Police say they found the sword used to kill Washam’s mother and injure his uncle and brother in the front seat of the vehicle.
Washam allegedly tried to run away, but he was tased by a deputy. Washam was then sent to a hospital.
Once he’s released from the hospital, Washam will be booked into Mobile County Metro Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, and attempt to elude.
Desmon, the brother, was treated on the scene for his injuries. The uncle, George, is in critical condition at a hospital.
CORRECTION: A previous version of the story identified the uncle as George Washam. That information was taken from a Mobile County Sheriff’s Office news release. MCSO later sent a correction and identified the uncle as George Washington Nettles.