Disabled veteran attacked with garden shears, pellet gun, knives, ladder

CARTWRIGHT, Okla. (KXII) - A 19-year-old is out of jail in Bryan County facing years in prison for attacking a disabled veteran.

The details are hazy in Tommy Smith's memory, but he said it started when he was inside his car, when Chaze Dugger punched him.

Then in less than an hour, the 19-year-old attacked him with garden shears, a pellet gun, knives and a ladder.

"I could tell he wasn't himself because I've known the boy from a young age," Smith said.

This isn't Dugger's first run in with the law.

In 2017, he was arrested for rummaging through a pick-up truck. The truck's owner and a neighbor held him down until police came.

Now the 19-year-old is accused of assault.

Deputies believe this time around he was drunk and high on drugs.

"It was just a crazy situation," Smith said.

Dugger's grandmother called Tommy Smith for help around 3 a.m. Sunday. He was breaking objects in her house and Dugger's 3-month-old baby was inside.

When Smith got there, he tried to calm him down.

"Next thing I know chairs are flying, ladders are flying, the shears were flying and I was just trying at that point, trying to survive," Smith said.

Deputies said Dugger shot at Smith with a pellet gun, threw knives at him and hit him over the head with a ladder.

Not to mention the damage to his SUV on the driver door, headlight and rear view mirrors and windshield, which Smith said will cost thousands in repairs.

"That's not like Chaze. It's really not," Smith said.

Smith is a disabled veteran. He was honorably discharged from the military for his lung disease and congestive heart failure.

During the attack, he said he was running low on oxygen and couldn't breathe.

But when he was pinned down, he managed to stab Dugger with a knife to defend himself.

"I mean yes he hurt me, and yes he attacked me and broke my truck and other things. I mean I've done a lot of stupid things as a kid that I shouldn't have done," Smith said.

Smith also suffers from PTSD and said he's had nightmares this week.

But even after all of this, Smith said he doesn't want Dugger to go to prison.

He just wants him to get help.

"Don't give up on our youth, do something for our youth," Smith said.

Dugger is facing charges for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of malicious injury to property.

If convicted, he could get up to 13 years in prison.

A friend set up a Go Fund Me page for Tommy Smith. You can find that under Related Links.