Tipton County man arrested for bulldozing neighbor’s home, neighbor also arrested

John Higdon and Edgar McLellan

John Higdon and Edgar McLellan

DRUMMONDS, Tenn. — Two neighbors were arrested after what the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office described as a dispute.

Deputies were first called out to the 700 block of Grimes Road Sept. 2 when they received a call about a neighbor shooting into the woods.

The neighbor, John Higdon, 48, told deputies there were people in camouflage suits hiding in and running from the woods.

Higdon said he shot into the woods several times.

He had also reported a group of prowlers shining lights early in the week, according to the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.

Higdon said he believed they were the neighbor’s employees.

Deputies searched the area but didn’t find anyone.

Higdon was arrested for reckless endangerment.

A few hours later, at about 2:15 a.m. Sept. 3, a neighbor called the sheriff’s office and said there was a “large orange piece of equipment” bulldozing the trailer at Higdon’s address.

Deputies came to the scene and saw the home destroyed.

They found a backhoe at a neighbor’s residence that had debris from the trailer lodged in it.

The neighbor who owned the backhoe, Edgar Dallas McLellan, 57, was arrested for aggravated criminal trespassing and felony vandalism.

Both are free on bond and will appear in court later this week. Detectives are continuing to investigate and said more charges would likely be filed.