Police: Man Tried To Shoot 87-year-old Mom

(Memphis) Memphis police say an 87-year-old woman was held captive in her home for nearly a week by her son who threatened to kill her.

So far, 51-year-old Douglas Farmer has been charged with aggravated assault.

This all happened at a home in the 600 block of Gilleas in Whitehaven.

The victim told police last Tuesday her son pointed an assault rifle at her and pulled the trigger, but it jammed.

She said that's when he poured gasoline around her house and told her he was going to kill her.

"The police said if the grass hadn't been wet he would have set the house on fire," said Rosa Diop who lives next door.

The elderly woman told police her son wouldn't let her leave her house and she wasn't able to call for help until last night when he left their home.

Neighbors had no idea the woman was in any kind of trouble and were surprised to see several police cars pull up to the house last night and arrest Farmer when he returned to the home.

"They took at a big old gun out of the house," said Patrice Jones.

Court records show Farmer was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon in 1992 and aggravated assault and possession of a handgun while intoxicated in 2006.

He received suspended sentences for those charges.

He's now being held on $50,000 bond.

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