Attempted ax murder

Published in the Argus Observer January 11, 2015.

An Ontario woman is in serious condition today at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise after being beaten with an ax on Friday night, according to local law enforcement. Ontario Police Sgt. Rick Esplin, who was dispatched to the scene, said Nora Horn, 42, is currently being treated for “life-threatening injuries”.

According to a press release, Ian Inger, 43, of Ontario had been drinking alcohol at 880 N. Oregon St., No. 17 around 9 p.m. on Friday night. Horn and her daughter, Leann Beason, 24, asked him to go to bed and Inger became upset. He went outside and returned with a baseball bat in one hand and an ax in the other. He swung the bat at both women and then turned on Horn with the ax.

Horn was struck several times before she escaped the house, but was followed by Inger who struck her with the ax, knocking her to the ground. Inger beat Horn with the ax several more times before police arrived. Inger fled on foot when the responding officers arrived, however he was caught within a short amount of time.

Police were notified of the incident by the next-door-neighbors, Humberto and Brenda Contreras, after Beason fled to their house in search of help.

Beason was treated for minor injuries and released from Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario.

Inger is being held in the Malheur County Jail on charges of attempted murder, assault I, assault III and resisting arrest. He is expected to be arraigned on Monday.


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