Federal Bureau of Investigation agent shot by 'Indiana Jones-style' boobytrapped wheelchair

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent shot by 'Indiana Jones-style' boobytrapped wheelchair

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent shot by 'Indiana Jones-style' boobytrapped wheelchair

An Oregon man resisting the sale of his home left booby traps on the property-including one apparently inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The law enforcement officer was sturck in the leg at the house in Williams, Ore., on September 7 after setting off the chair which had been modified with a fishing line and shotgun ammunition.

At the property in Williams, southern OR, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and three bomb squad technicians avoided the hot tub and other hazards, including a minivan booby-trapped with animal snares, but the agent was shot by an empty wheelchair inside the home; it had been rigged to fire shotgun ammunition when it was pushed, the Oregonian reports.

A federal complaint filed at the United States district court in Medford, Oregon, read: "Upon closer examination, the technicians discovered that the spa was rigged in such a manner that when the gate was opened it would activate a mechanical trigger that would cause the spa to roll towards the person at the gate".

'(It was) much like a scene from the movie "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark" in which actor Harrison Ford is forced to outrun a giant stone boulder that he inadvertently triggered by a booby trap switch, ' the complaint said.

Officials say the wheelchair had been fitted with a fishing line, shotgun ammunition and other items - and was triggered when the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a bomb squad opened the property's fortified front door.


An X-ray later found a.410-gauge shotgun pellet in the agent's leg.

He had been ordered to sell the home as part of a $2.1 million judgment against him in an elder abuse case involving his 90-year-old mother.

Police found Rodvelt near a grocery store later that day, where he told them, "I would not race right in" to the house, according to the Mail Tribune. When questioned about his property in OR he said: "I would not race right in".

Rodvelt is in Arizona's Maricopa county jail, where he is in the midst of an assault trial in a separate case related to an alleged armed standoff.

He has been in jail since then, although police released him for two weeks so he could return to his home and prepare the property to be forfeited, according to The Associated Press.

In the weeks since the agent was injured, a team of former military experts had inspected the property.

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