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June 19, 2013

Police: Roofers threatened with rifle after stopping attack on woman

Three roofers who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by her son Tuesday afternoon found themselves staring at the barrel of a rifle a short time later, Wichita police said.

Three roofers who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by her son Tuesday afternoon found themselves staring at the barrel of a rifle a short time later, Wichita police said.

The incident unfolded at about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of North Bluff, near Hillside and Central, Lt. Doug Nolte said. The men were working on a house southeast of Central and Hillside when they noticed a man attacking an older woman.

They came down from the roof and intervened, Nolte said, then returned to the roof when they thought the clash had been resolved. When they reached the roof, however, they noticed the man was pointing a rifle at them.

They became concerned for their safety and called 911. Police arrived and arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of three counts of aggravated assault and one count of battery in the attack on his 69-year-old mother.

Officers found a loaded bolt-action rifle in the man’s garage. The woman was not seriously injured, Nolte said.

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