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Sen. Paul Suffers Minor Injury After Being Tackled by Neighbor: Police

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    Rene Boucher (left) has been arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (right) of Kentucky. Kentucky State Police said in a news release Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 that Paul suffered a minor injury when 59-year-old Rene Boucher assaulted him at his Warren County home on Friday afternoon.

    Sen. Rand Paul was "blindsided" and suffered a minor injury when he was allegedly tackled by a neighbor at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, police and a Paul spokesperson said Saturday.

    Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green, was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault in the incident, which occurred at about 3:20 p.m. local time Friday, Kentucky State Police said.

    "Senator Rand Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault," Kelsey Cooper, Paul's Kentucky communications director, said in a statement to NBC News. "The assailant was arrested, and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine."

    After Paul reported the assault, the Warren County Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant and a trooper arrested Boucher soon after, police said.

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