Rand Paul ribs broken after being assaulted at home on Friday

11/06/2017 05:09 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is recovering from five fractured ribs and a bruised lung. Kentucky state police arrested and charged the Senator’s Bowling Green neighbor with assault over the weekend.

It is no secret that the Senator has been extra careful since the shooting in Washington D.C. earlier this year. The question now becomes was this attack on the Senator politically motivated or a feud between two neighbors?

According to Kentucky State Police public affairs Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges, 59 year old Rene Boucher of Bowling Green, assaulted Friday afternoon.

“Upon the troopers arrival, they spoke with Senator Paul —— a male by the name of Rene Boucher had assaulted him, when we arrived on scene, Senator Paul did have minor injuries the troopers that responded also talked with Mr. Boucher at that point in time it was determined that Mr. Boucher had intentionally assaulted senator Paul causing that minor injury,“ Hodges told Pure Politics.

The injuries at the time may have appeared to be minor; the Senator did call police and gave them a statement. According to a statement released by Senator Paul’s office his injuries are more than minor.

“Senator Paul has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures. 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.”

Displaced rib fractures can lead to life-threatening injuries such as: hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. Paul does have lung contusions currently.

Kentucky State Police are not releasing much on their investigation. The details of which will not be made public until the Warren County Prosecuting attorney decides whether to pursue charges or not, Kentucky State Police did say the alleged attacker did not use a weapon.

“I can tell you with 100 percent certainty, it wasn’t a felonious just due to the fact that he used any type of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument that is certainly not the case,” Hodges said.

The alleged attacker spent less than a day in jail and was released on bond. He is due in court Nov. 9.

Reporting by Richard Essex

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