Police have arrested a man after a woman was sexually assaulted in her own home in Forest Grove, just west of the Portland suburb of Hillsboro.
Floyd Dale Elliott faces rape and burglary charges after being accused of entering the victim's home in the middle of the night last month.
Police said he then tried to rape her.
The woman reportedly grabbed a gun, hidden near her bed, and started firing. No one was hurt.
The victim's friends identified Elliott in the investigation. Elliott was arrested without incident.
That's the original story as reported in the local media. Of course I'm extremely happy for the outcome of this near-tragedy, but I wondered if anyone else is bothered by the idea of someone shooting a rifle wildly inside a house or apartment. Isn't that dangerous? I'm thinking about my next-door neighbors doing that while my kids are playing within sight of their windows. But, as I say, I'm happy for the end result.
The article contained an update:
We're told that the woman grabbed a 22-caliber rifle, fired it in Elliott's general direction, and he ran off.
Police arrested him not long after the incident in his van on Forest Grove's Fir Road. Police tell KATU that Elliott did not break in, as other media has reported.
Police said the house was unlocked and the suspect let himself in. A burglary charge still applies, since he was not supposed to be there.
Now, this makes me wonder what really happened. The original report said he "tried to rape her." But the update says she, "grabbed a 22-caliber rifle, fired it in Elliott's general direction, and he ran off." It's hard for me to reconcile those two facts. Originally I pictured her wrestling with the guy, kicking and fighting him off, and heroically reaching her rifle and firing it wildly, which scared him off. But the undate puts all that in doubt. So, I wonder what really happened. What do you think?
And what about the door being unlocked? I'm not saying anything that could be misconstrued as blaming the victim, but I'm just asking if it makes sense that someone could be so concerned for her safety that she keeps a loaded rifle near the bed, and leaves the door unlocked? Is that possible? Maybe kaveman can tell us since this is his neck of the woods.
What's your opinion? Is this one of the exceptions to my idea that "guns are bad news for women," or does it disprove my theory, or is it something else altogether?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.