Sen. Rand Paul calls it an “unfortunate event.” Police are calling it assault — and many people are trying to figure out why Paul’s neighbor, a fellow medical doctor, might allegedly have attacked him with enough force to fracture five ribs. Paul was reportedly tackled while he was mowing the grass at his home in Bowling Green, Ky.
Police who were called to Paul’s home shortly after 3 p.m. local time on Friday say they arrested Paul’s neighbor, 59-year-old Rene Boucher, and charged him with fourth-degree assault.
In a public notice on Saturday, Kentucky State Police cited Paul’s “minor injury.” That echoed word from Paul’s office, which initially said the Republican senator was fine after being blindsided by an attacker. But by Sunday, it emerged that Paul’s injuries are more serious than first thought.
In an update, Paul’s senior adviser Doug Stafford sent a statement to the Bowling Green Daily News that Paul, 54, “has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures.” He added, “This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying.”
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