Kentucky Senator Assault


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Senator Rand Paul speaking at the launch of his Presidential campaign at the Galt house in Louisville, KY.

Zach Combest, Website Editor

A backyard scuffle leads to injuries and an arrest.

Kentucky senator Rand Paul was assaulted by his neighbor on Friday Nov. 3.

Paul was assaulted by his neighbor, Rene Albert Boucher at his Bowling Green home. He received multiple injuries from the assault. The senator and his wife spoke out about the event and thanked the public for their thoughts and support.

Kentucky state troopers responded to a call to Paul’s residence at 3:21 p.m. and arrested Boucher, who they allege “intentionally assaulted” the senator. Boucher is reported to be a registered democrat. Paul told police that his neighbor came into his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing injuries.

Paul had injuries to his face, including small cuts to the nose and mouth area and had trouble breathing due to a potential rib injury. He was evaluated by a doctor on Friday. Paul’s senior adviser announced on Sunday that he has five broken ribs and three displaced fractures. These injuries could be life threatening according to Paul’s adviser. Paul is unsure when he will be able to return to his job.

Boucher was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault. He is being held in the Warren County Regional Jail on a $5,000 bond. Police still are unsure why Boucher tackled the senator and the investigation is ongoing.

Paul wrote on social media Sunday after the event and said, “Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”

This is not the first time a republican senator has been attacked. Four Republican senators were shot at during a charity baseball practice in Alexandria Virginia in June by James Hodgkinson. He was upset with President Trump’s election. Senator Paul was among the lawmakers practicing for the annual charity baseball game. Two capitol police officers were injured and a total of four people, including senator Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, was struck. Lawmakers have been a easy target for people and many are wondering how can they be protected from these recent events in the future.