Homeowner's trap ensnares responding sheriff's deputy

MILWAUKIE, Ore. - A homeowner's homemade security system snagged not a criminal but a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy responding to a domestic disturbance call, police said.

Deputies arrived at the home just after 10:30 p.m. in the 18100 block of Southeast Addie Street Monday, Feb. 17, according to spokesman Sgt. Daniel Kraus, and found the home surrounded by an iron fence with a gate that could only be opened by the homeowner.

So Deputy Steve Martin jumped the fence, but on the other side awaited a bed of long nails sticking out of the ground. One of Martin's boots landed on one of the nails, which went through his boot and into his foot, penetrating it to the bone.

Kraus said the injury is severe and Martin hasn't been able to return to work.

Kraus said after being told of the danger of the trap, the homeowner told police it will be removed.

The investigation is ongoing and a case may be submitted to the district attorney, Kraus said.

Kraus said such traps as this can be dangerous and can injure other unattended victims, including children and pets. He said such booby traps could subject a homeowner to criminal and civil charges.