Pendleton skateboarder charged with assault

October 10, 2013 

— Police say a 74-year-old Pendleton woman fired a warning shot to fend off a man who attacked her with a skateboard.

According to police Chief Stuart Roberts, Nancy Ashworth was walking near a skate park when an unleashed dog became aggressive toward her.

She used pepper spray to deter the dog, upsetting 23-year-old Justin Doss.

Roberts told the East Oregonian that Doss swung his skateboard at Ashworth, striking her in the head. That’s when she pulled out her .38 caliber revolver.

A grand jury indicted Doss this week on charges of assault, menacing, disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another person.

The chief says Ashworth has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and the incident could have been avoided if the dog had been on a leash.

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