- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A bomb squad technician removed an improvised firearm loaded with a shotgun shell that appeared to be designed to be fired by a tripwire near Portland’s Forest Park, police said Monday.

Police said the wire was slack, and the device, made of a pipe, didn’t appear to work. Nobody was reported hurt.

Police said the device was reported Saturday on a trail used by hikers, bikers and horse riders.

“These kinds of devices are more likely to be found in a rural area where someone is trying to protect something,” said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Portland resident Mike Colbach told The Oregonian (https://is.gd/cbR1dK ) that he and his wife, Jennifer, encountered the device while taking a walk with their dog Thursday.

Jennifer Colbach noticed a length of parachute cord stretched across the trail.

“My wife said, ‘Be careful here,’ and she stepped over the cord,” Colbach said. “The dog stepped on it.”

The line went slack and Jennifer Colbach noticed something move in the woods off to their right.

They continued on their walk, but Mike Colbach kept thinking about the cord and returned Saturday to investigate.

He found the parachute cord rigged to a pipe - open at one end, closed at the other -that was attached to a tree. There appeared to be a firing pin at the end of the pipe. The cord was attached to a beer bottle that was supposed to swing down and strike the firing pin at the back of the device when the cord was tripped.

The Colbach’s dog apparently tripped the device when it stepped on the cord, but the gun apparently malfunctioned. Colbach thinks the beer bottle missed the firing pin.

I’m not going to the park for a while - I don’t want to trip the next one,” Mike Colbach said. “Why try and kill someone in broad daylight?”


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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