Nurse Strangles Intruder With Bare Hands - page 7

What a story! Last night in Portland, Oregon a 56 year old nurse came home to find an intruder in her house. I think he had a hammer? She strangled him with her bare hands! He is dead. I'm sure... Read More

  1. by   mercyteapot
    Have charges been filed against her? I will be very surprised to learn that they have been. She didn't go looking for this, it came looking for her, and her state of mind may well be why she's alive today!
  2. by   grammyr
    This nurse was scheduled to be in San Antonio for the ENA annual conference. We all said a prayer for her. Nancy Bonalumi, ENA president, requested that messages of support be sent to the ENA and they will be forwarded to her.
  3. by   MD1211
    Quote from tntrn
    This guy is a Darwin Award candidate, since he obviously chose a nurse who'd probably just worked 12-14 hours, with no lunch, no potty breaks, not enough help and whose administration is crappy. Big mistake on his part.

    And hooray for her, that she (pun intended) took matters into her own hands.
    OMG, that is just the funniest thing I have read all day.
  4. by   vickynurse
    you go girl !
  5. by   -Midget-
    Did you all hear the latest development in this story? The intruder was someone who enstranged husband hired to attack her. Scary.
  6. by   mimer2861
    I say she really had a bad day and him being in her house did not help matters. She really was strong too!umpiron: I think it was self defense.
  7. by   Emperess
    Quote from tofutti
    On the humorous side of the story, this was the conversation among some of my nurse friends: Um, you tried to attack a tired, tough ER nurse with one hammer? One hammer, that's all you brought? :chuckle
    This had me ROTFL!! And now, after the double shocker about her husband's seeming involvement begins to sink in, right after shaking my head in disbelief...

    that quirky, slightly off sense of humor we nurses often share... finds this even funnier than before! :chuckle:roll You mean to tell me the husband actually thought that this scrawny loser had a fighting chance against his wife, outweighing said loser by 80 pounds, after 12 hours in the ED saving lives, standing up for her patients, dealing with demanding doctors/patients/etc, "putting out small fires" one at a time, and that he thought a clawhammer was gonna protect this guy??? "One hammer, that's all you brought?" And this guy possibly knew that's what he was waiting for??

    Then, still skewed but from another angle, this just confirms that my husband (and all our non-medical spouses, and most everybody else) has NO IDEA what it is to be a nurse. That this husband was so clueless to his wife's strength (inner, physical, & otherwise)..... just amazing.
  8. by   Phoenix56
    That this husband was so clueless to his wife's strength (inner, physical, & otherwise)..... just amazing.[/QUOTE]

    And perhaps that is why he is the ex-husband? (or soon to be)
  9. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Quote from Phoenix56
    That this husband was so clueless to his wife's strength (inner, physical, & otherwise)..... just amazing.
    I think she should get a chance to give him a firsthand demonstration. I'd like them to give her that hitman's clawhammer and let her in the cell with her husband just long enough to make him sing a few octaves higher...
  10. by   91C_ARMYLPN
    I have to say Kudos for this brave lady! While yes it is a loss of life, it is self defense. It's about time that a regular citizen has the advantage over the low life criminal. Imagine if the outcome was reversed??? We would be mourning the loss of our very own, a fellow nurse! Thank goodness that the grandchild was not present. Before one passes judgement...what would you do considering the circumstances?

    Sometimes a robbery can result in other tragedies...rape, murder of the innocent victim/victims involved, kidnapping, etc. I hope the Oregon Board Of
    Nursing does not give this courageous lady a hard time! Life can be hard itself. God bless her and may she have the time to heal and recuperate.
  11. by   Vyktorija
    In the self-defense class I took, they taught us that if we had to come into contact with our attacker, to put all of our strength into whatever we had to do. You never know what they are strung out on.
    Reasons: 1. It is dumb to protect yourself halfheartedly if you're not someone used to hand to hand combat and can read your opponant.
    2. Even if it comes to a matter of life and death, a corpse cannot make up a story and testify against you in a court of law to receive compensation for damages. (We've all seen and read news stories about the criminals getting court awarded compensation from ...dog bites, falling through sky lights-these are the two I know).
    Although taking a life can be a blow to the psyche, sometimes, it's them or you. I know for a fact, nurses save others but don't know how to take care of themselves, so she was acting on instinct. It's amazing how in a "civilized" nation, the base human instinct can still take over.
  12. by   twotrees2
    Quote from tofutti
    What a story! Last night in Portland, Oregon a 56 year old nurse came home to find an intruder in her house. I think he had a hammer? She strangled him with her bare hands! He is dead.

    I'm sure there will be more about this in the news. I hope it goes on the cover of People magazine!




    Power to that sister!

    eeks - i have family there - guess ill call them. thanks for the info.
  13. by   twotrees2
    Quote from RN/MSN/JD
    Some states require you to 'retreat' from an intruder in your own home before using deadly force. Let's just hope this nurse does not live in one of those states.

    really?? how can we find out if our state is one or the other.

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