FBI Agent Shot By Booby-Trapped Wheelchair
By Bill Galluccio
October 2, 2018
While searching a home in Oregon, an FBI agent was shot in the leg by a wheelchair that was rigged to fire at anybody who moved it. The booby-trapped wheelchair was one of many traps that were littered throughout 66-year-old Gregory Rodvelt's property.
The FBI agents were called to investigate the home after a real estate lawyer, who was selling the property, noticed Rodvelt had put up a sign warning that the area was "protected with improvised devices." Some of those devices included spike strips at the bottom of the driveway, a minivan outfitted with spring-loaded animal snares, and a rat trap rigged to fire a shotgun. Rodvelt seemed to find some inspiration from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, setting up a hot tub on its side that was rigged to roll over anybody who triggered a trip wire.
"(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 police report said.
Inside the house is where agents found the booby-trapped wheelchair. After blasting the fortified front door, they tried to move a wheelchair when a gun went off, striking one of the agents in the leg. They discovered that the wheelchair was rigged with fishing line tied to a shotgun and was set to fire when it was moved.
Police said that Rodvelt had been forced to forfeit the property following an elder abuse complaint from his 90-year-old mother. He did not live on the property at the time and was taken into custody in Arizona. He reportedly warned the officers that they should "not race right in" to property.
After the initial search, a team of former police and military experts combed the property to clear out any other traps that Rodvelt may have hidden.
Photo: Sunshine (Arizona) Police Department