Iowa Congressman Fights Off Burglar

After scuffle, grandson scares him off with shotgun
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2011 10:18 AM CDT
Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell speaks to fellow Democrats, prior to keynote speaker Ed Rendell, at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner, Saturday Oct. 16, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Steve Pope)

(Newser) – Apparently Leonard Boswell is the wrong guy to try to rob. An armed intruder broke into the US representative’s Iowa farmhouse this weekend, only to discover that Boswell and his family were home. Boswell, a 77-year-old army veteran, made a grab for the burglar’s gun, the Des Moines Register reports. After a brief scuffle, Boswell’s 22-year-old grandson appeared with a shotgun, scaring the burglar off.

“The whole incident only lasted about a minute, and they all feel very fortunate,” Boswell’s chief of staff says. “They just had some scrapes and bruises. No one has to go to the hospital or anything like that. Just a couple Band-Aids going around.” The burglar hasn’t been caught yet, though the county sheriff says there are several suspects. He said he doubts Boswell was specifically targeted, suspecting it was a random break-in. (Read more Leonard Boswell stories.)

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