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Man Charged With Assault After FBI Agent Is Shot By Homemade Wheelchair Weapon

Oregon Man Wheelchair Shot FBI
Source: Surprise Police Department

Oct. 4 2018, Updated 11:58 a.m. ET

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An Oregon man has been charged with assault after an FBI agent was injured by a makeshift weapon inside his property.

As has learned, Gregory Rodvelt, 66, was forced to forfeit his property after authorities found he was neglecting his 93-year-old mother. When FBI arrived at the home to search the property, however, they found a sort of obstacle course.

“It was much like a scene from the movie Indiana Jones,” read the criminal complaint obtained by the Oregonian.

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When agents first entered, they had to dodge a trigger that caused a bathtub to roll down a hill and crush anyone in its way.

Then, when they opened the door to the abandoned house, a wheelchair wrapped with a fishing line shot a bullet at an FBI special agent’s leg. “I’m hit,” he reportedly yelled as streams of blood gushed out of his leg. He was quickly transported to a nearby hospital and survived, but others who stayed at the scene later found even more bizarre homemade weapons around the property.


FBI later questioned Rodvelt, asking him if there were any other hidden traps in his home that they should be aware about. His only reveal: don’t “rush right in.”

Military experts were soon sent in to investigate the property more thoroughly.

As of now, Rodvelt is in Arizona’s Maricopa County Jail in the midst of an assault trial related to a 2017 armed standoff with police. He has refused to be appointed a lawyer.

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