FBI agent dodges killer hot tub but is shot by booby-trapped wheelchair

Court documents describe visit to property in Oregon as like scene from Indiana Jones movie

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A man has been charged with assault on a federal officer after a FBI agent sent to a property in Oregon was shot from a booby-trapped wheelchair.

Law enforcement officers responded to the home in the small town of Williams in September at the request of a real estate lawyer tasked with selling the property, local media reported on Monday.

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A criminal complaint filed in US district court in Medford said officers found traps throughout the property including spike strips and a circular hot tub turned on its side and rigged to roll over anyone who triggered a tripwire.

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(It was) much like a scene from the movie Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark in which actor Harrison Ford is forced to outrun a giant stone boulder that he inadvertently triggered by a booby trap switch, the complaint said.

After making it past the hot tub, a bomb squad and FBI agent approached the house and blasted open the fortified front door.

Inside the home a wheelchair fitted with a fishing line, shotgun ammunition and other items triggered the explosion that wounded the agent, according to court documents. An X-ray found a .410-gauge shotgun pellet in the agents leg, documents said.

Authorities said the makeshift weapons were created by 66-year-old Gregory Rodvelt, who was forced to forfeit his property as part of an elder abuse case involving his mother.

Rodvelt is in Arizonas Maricopa county jail, where he is in the midst of an assault trial in a separate case related to an alleged armed standoff. He has refused a court-appointed defense lawyer, the Mail Tribune reported.

Rodvelt had been in the jail since April 2017, but he was released in mid-August for two weeks so he could prepare the property for sale.

In the weeks since the agent was injured, a team of private contractors consisting of former military experts has inspected the property, the real estate attorney said.

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