Sen. Rand Paul's injuries far more severe than initially thought

Casey Dawson
November 7, 2017

In police reports, Paul says "his neighbor came into his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain". Kentucky State Troopers said the neighbor, Rene Albert Boucher, "intentionally assaulted" the senator.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was reportedly attacked while he mowed the grass at his home in Bowling Green.

Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges said Monday that new developments in Senator Paul's injuries could lead to a felony charge against Rene Boucher, the neighbor who reportedly tackled Paul at his Bowling Green residence on Friday, according to the Washington Post.

Kelsey Cooper Paul's Kentucky-based communications director said about the senator that he "was blindsided and the victim of an assault".

Boucher's attorney told CBS News in a statement that the "unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas".

"Senator Paul has five rib fractures including 3 displaced fractures".

The five broken ribs included three displaced fractures, which could cause a fatal wound to the heart and lungs, Paul's senior advisor Doug Stafford told the Associated Press on Sunday. "This type of injury is also accompanied by severe pain that can last weeks to months".

An automated phone system at the jail did not provide access to lawyer information for Boucher. He was released from jail after posting $7,500 bail Saturday night.

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The neighbor was arrested after the incident in Bowling Green, Ky., officials said.

Boucher, 59, is also a practicing anesthesiologist and an inventor who created a device called the "Therm-a-Vest" to alleviate back pain, according to a 2005 article in the Bowling Green Daily News.

He once marketed the product on the QVC shopping channel.

Voter records from March 2017 show Boucher registered as a Democrat.

"Two Kentuckians tell me Rand's neighborhood fracas stemmed from a dispute over some sort of planting or flora issue around the properties", Martin tweeted.

David Habich, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said the agency was aware of the incident concerning Paul.

FBI spokesman David Habich said the agency is aware of the incident and is "working with our state and local partners to determine if there was a violation of federal law".

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