News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's OfficePosted: Feb. 21, 2014, 1:36 p.m.
Media and Interested Parties
Deputy injured by intentionally placed spikes at base of fence while responding to reported domestic disturbance
At about 10:38 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 deputies were dispatched to the scene of a reported domestic disturbance in the 18100 block of SE Addie St., in unincorporated Milwaukie.
The home is surrounded by an iron fence and the gate could only be opened by the home owner -- so one of the responding deputies, Deputy Steve Martin, jumped over the fence.
When Deputy Martin landed, his boot and foot were perforated by a long nail embedded in concrete that had been set with a large number of other nails with the apparent purpose of stopping someone coming over the fence. (A photo of the embedded nails is linked above.)
The injury to the deputy's foot is quite severe -- with the nail penetrating all the way to the bone. He has not been able to return to work, and his date of return to work is unknown.
When advised of the extreme danger of this trap, the homeowner told a police supervisor that he would remove the trap.
Deputy Martin is not available for media interviews, and does not want to be contacted.
This matter is still under investigation, and a case may be submitted to the District Attorney's Office.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Home security through booby-trapping is extremely dangerous, and because of the unattended nature of such measures the chance of a child, pet or other unintended victim being injured is very high. A person implementing such measures could possibly be subject to sanctions, both criminal and civil.
Daniel Kraus, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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