Idaho Falls man shoots woman in the chest for having sex with roommate

29 Nov

Idaho Falls Police said a man is in custody for shooting his girlfriend in the chest after he found her having sex with his roommate early Tuesday morning. Russell Keith Poulsen, 26, found a woman and his roommate getting down just after 3 a.m. this morning, then decided to take matters into his own hands.

After catching them in the act, Poulsen allegedly fetched a .22-caliber handgun from his room and brought it back to confront the two. The 24-year-old woman tried to wrestle the gun from his hands, but it went off, shooting her in the chest.

Police responded to the 2100 block of Logan Drive at 3:30 a.m. and arrested Poulsen for aggravated battery. The woman was transported to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical center and is recovering.

Editor’s Note: So it looks like we accidentally made some incorrect assumptions regarding the relationship between the shooter and the victim. The police report didn’t mention a relationship, and a reader said they were simply “long time friends.” Our bad on that misinformation. 


4 Responses to “Idaho Falls man shoots woman in the chest for having sex with roommate”

  1. Katie Joy Hammond 11/29/2011 at 12:54 pm #

    He actually wasn’t her boyfriend, just a “long time friend”, apparently with the delusional idea that they were together, and this equally delusional idea that this was appropriate response to figuring out they weren’t.

  2. KristenPhilly 12/06/2011 at 7:42 am #

    I’m friends with the Victim and know the shooter and the roomste and this whole story is completely wrong and this is all based off what russell told police so why would people not believe the victim and witness over the criminal that shot her. They were NOT having sex ughhhh. And even if they were what does that have to do with anything. Nikki looked at russell as s big brother and he wanted to be with her but she clearly said NO. Everyone needs to stop slandering her and Levi. Haven’t they had and hone through enough. We claim we live in a close tight community and the second something like this happens everyone shows their true colors this whole article should come down cause it’s all false other than Nikki being shot pathetic reporting for every news station in SE idaho.

    • thebannockalternative 12/06/2011 at 10:19 am #

      We’re working on getting the story straight, but we can only work with what police and witnesses tell us. Check out our follow-up after Levi talked to Local News 8.


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    […] a mile away on this one. Idaho Falls Police reported yesterday that Russell Keith Poulsen, 26, shot a woman in the chest after he caught her having sex with his roommate (the woman was not his girlfriend, as was […]

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