Tenn. EMS supervisor, deputy try to save man attacked by bull

Rutherford County EMS Supervisor Mike Johnson and Deputy Jared Keith were charged by the bull before it was shot

By Irene Wright
The Charlotte Observer

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. — A man died after he was attacked by a Scottish Highland bull in a Tennessee barn, deputies said.

Joseph Young, 55, was inside a barn near Eagleville when a bull inside the barn became “aggressive,” according to a May 24 news release from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses told deputies they heard yelling from inside the barn and could make out Young shouting “Get back, get back.”

When a deputy and EMS supervisor arrived, the bull was attacking Young and they tried to yell at the bull to “draw attention away from” him.

The bull charged the deputy and the EMS supervisor, leading the deputy to use his rifle to shoot and kill the bull, according to the release.

The deputy and EMS supervisor carried Young to an ambulance where he was treated until a LifeFlight helicopter flew him to a hospital.

Young later died, deputies said. An autopsy will be performed to determine his cause of death.

Eagleville is around 30 miles south of Nashville.

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