MERIDIAN -- A Meridian lawmaker didn't get the slowdown he expected after the Idaho legislature wrapped up the session yesterday. Instead, overnight, he ended up detaining an intoxicated man who apparently tried to get into his home.
With the session wrapping up on Thursday, Representative Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian) probably thought sleepless nights were over, but around 12 hours later, he found himself stopping an intruder on his property.
"I mean you don't expect it. It just happened," Hagedorn said.
Noises in the backyard
Just after 3:00 a.m., Hagedorn says he and his wife heard noises coming from the backyard.
"When we first woke up and we heard the noises back here, we just kind of laid in bed and waited to see if we heard anything else," Hagedorn said. "I grabbed my gun and went upstairs and cleared the top of the house."
Around the time Hagedorn was finishing his inside check, his wife heard someone trying to turn a doorknob leading to their bedroom. Hagedorn went outside and found a man, who police later identified as 21-year-old Nicholas Kuklish.
"I had no idea who it was. All we knew was someone was trying to get in our house, and you know, my first thought is I'm going to secure my family and my home," Hagedorn said.
Hagedorn holds intruder at gunpoint
While his wife phoned police, Hagedorn says he detained Kuklish, keeping his gun out, and his distance from the young man.
"We had a nice little discussion right out here on the patio while he was on his knees waiting for the police to come," Hagedorn recounted.
Hagedorn says officers got to his home in around five minutes. Police say they found Hagedorn holding Kuklish at gunpoint and say the young man was soaking-wet, wearing no shoes. They say apparently before Hagedorn found Kuklish, he'd taken a dip in the hot tub.
Police tested Kuklish's blood alcohol content and found it was three times the legal limit to drive. He was charged with trespassing, taken to the Ada County Jail, and released on bond.
Police say Kuklish lives about a half mile from the legislator. They say Kuklish gave inconsistent stories about how he ended up there, but it appears he walked there.
Legislator is retired naval officer, and pro-gun bill sponsor
Hagedorn was in the Navy for 20 years and is a retired officer. He has training in intelligence and a background in special operations. He says that training definitely kicked in and helped him defuse the situation.
"You are, regardless of whether you have a security system or police five minutes away, or whatever that is, you still own that first few minutes, and I think that's what this really details," Hagedorn said.
Representative Hagedorn supported pro-gun legislation in the 2011 session. He was one of the co-sponsors of the failed bill to allow concealed weapons on public college campuses.