Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A tribute to ED nurses....

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -- A nurse returning from work discovered an intruder armed with a hammer in her home and strangled him with her bare hands, police said.

Susan Kuhnhausen, 51, ran to a neighbor's house after the confrontation Wednesday night. Police found the body of Edward Dalton Haffey 59, a convicted felon with a long police record.

Police said there was no obvious sign of forced entry at the house when Kuhnhausen, an emergency room nurse at Providence Portland Medical Center, got home from work shortly after 6 p.m.

Under Oregon law people can use reasonable deadly force when defending themselves against an intruder or burglar in their homes. Kuhnhausen was treated and released for minor injuries at Providence.

Haffey, about 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, had convictions including conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, robbery, drug charges and possession of burglary tools. Neighbors said Kuhnhausen's size -- 5-foot-7 and 260 pounds -- may have given her an advantage.

"Everyone that I've talked to says 'Hurray for Susan,' said neighbor Annie Warnock, who called 911.

"You didn't need to calm her. She's an emergency room nurse. She's used to dealing with crisis."


Hat tip: Grunt Doc


2 comments:

Kate said...

Dude. When I walk my pit bull, people cross the street as it is. I'm gonna put a nurse's cap on him; they'll probably flee the county.

DisappearingJohn said...

Actually the follow up is even better. It seems the ED Nurse's ex husband hired someone to kill her.

Note to self... When hiring a murderer, make sure they own something a little more potent than a hammer...

Note to self #2... When hiring a murderer, don't pick someone youalready hired to work for your company...

I read the follow up at GruntDoc as well..