Man Dies after Bull Attack near Eagleville


One man died after suffering injuries during a Scottish Highland bull attack near Eagleville on Wednesday.

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services paramedics treated the 55-year-old Chapel Hill man until LifeFlight’s helicopter pilot flew him to the hospital.

Joseph Young, 55, of Chapel Hill later died after the bull attack, said Deputy Jared Keith.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Jamie Bailey said witnesses heard the man yelling, “Get back, get back” while he was inside a barn on Allisona Road.

Deputy Jared Keith and EMS Supervisor Mike Johnson yelled at the aggressive bull to draw attention away from the man.

“The bull then charged Deputy Keith and Supervisor Johnson,” Bailey said. “That’s when Deputy Keith discharged his Sheriff’s Office rifle and put the cow down.”

Johnson and Bailey carried the man to the ambulance for treatment.

The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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