A gunman who broke into a 77-year-old Iowa congressman’s farm and scuffled with the lawmaker was chased away by the congressman’s shotgun-wielding grandson, according to reports.
Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) was home at his farm near Lamoni, Iowa, with his wife, Dody, his daughter, Cindy Brown, and his grandson, Mitchell Brown, at around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday when an armed man broke in through the front door, the congressman’s office said in a statement to the Associated Press.
After slipping in, the thug attacked Cindy Brown and demanded money.
When Boswell heard his daughter’s screams, he ran into the room and jumped on the intruder, trying to knock away his gun, the statement said.
As they wrestled, Mitchell Brown, 22, grabbed a shotgun from another room and pointed it at the burglar, who fled into some fields surrounding the home.
Boswell’s spokesman Grant Woodward told the AP on Sunday that the family was shaken up but “dealing with it pretty well.”
The Decatur County Sheriff’s office is investigating the incident.
The bungled break-in wasn’t Boswell’s first brush with danger.
He represents Iowa’s Third Congressional District, which includes Des Moines.
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