Congressman Leonard Boswell and his grandson confronted an armed intruder at Boswell’s farmhouse in southern Iowa this weekend.
It happened at about 10:45 Saturday night. The 77-year-old congressman was in the house with his wife, his daughter and his 22-year-old grandson who is farming the land.
According to a statement from the congressman’s chief of staff, an armed man came in through the home’s front door, “physically assaulted” Boswell’s daughter and demanded money. Boswell heard his daughter’s screams, went into the home’s entryway and tried to “disarm the intruder.”
During that scuffle, Boswell’s grandson got a shotgun from another room, went into the entryway and “pointed the shotgun at the intruder” who then fled into the fields around the house and hasn’t been found. According to Boswell’s staff, the congressman and his family “are fine” apart from “some scrapes and bruises.”
Boswell and his wife have a condo in Des Moines, but the congressman still owns a farm near Davis City. Boswell is a retired Army veteran who flew helicopter rescue missions in Vietnam.