Iowa Congressman, Family Fend Off Intruder

Jul 18, 2011

Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) "scuffled with an armed intruder at his southern Iowa farmhouse late Saturday night before his grandson pointed a gun at the intruder, who then fled," The Des Moines Register writes, citing aides to the congressman and the local sheriff's office.

The newspaper adds that "no arrests had been reported by Sunday evening."

No one in Boswell's family suffered serious injuries. But Des Moines' WHO-TV reports that Boswell's chief of staff, "Grant Woodard, says even though every family member is unharmed, except for a few scrapes and bruises, it was a very difficult night for them. 'This has made national headlines; they have friends from all over the country. They've been fielding calls from all over the country from friends and family making sure they are all right,' said Woodard."

Boswell, the Register says, is 77. He's in his eighth term. The incident reportedly began when his adult daughter answered a knock at the door late Saturday evening. An assailant with a gun demanded money. That's when Boswell, and then his 22-year-old grandson, intervened.

The congressman is one of 10 "vulnerable House Democrats" who are the subject of TV ads being run in their districts by the conservative group Crossroads GPS, The Associated Press adds.

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