72-year-old woman accused of shooting gun at irrigation worker

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Marcia K. McNabb, 72 | Jefferson County Jail

RIGBY– A 72-year-old Rigby woman is facing up to five years in prison after she allegedly shot a gun at an irrigation worker near her home.

Marcia K. McNabb is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Jefferson County Dispatch received a call on Nov. 2 from a Rigby Canal Company worker saying McNabb had fired a rifle at him while he was cleaning out a canal with heavy equipment. He told police that he reported the same woman to authorities for throwing rocks at his track hoe. He said he would not interact with her, according to court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com

“(The victim) stated McNabb came out a second time near his area of work carrying a rifle…and she was standing on the bank of her property,” according to the police.

The irrigation worker said he started moving the bucket of his track hoe to shield himself if McNabb fired the weapon. He said at that point, he saw McNabb lift the gun to her shoulder and point it at the worker.

As the irrigation worker walked away, he heard what he thought was a shot from a .22 caliber rifle. He continued to leave the area until he thought he was safe, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

When deputies went to talk to McNabb at her home, she stated “the canal company ‘is stealing my property,'” according to court documents. McNabb stated she carried a .22 caliber rifle and had shot at the worker “because they came and were doing my front yard again,” according to court documents.

As deputies walked McNabb to the patrol car, she asked if having your property covered in ‘No Trespassing’ signs means you have the right to defend it if no one else does. The deputy told her it is okay within reason but shooting the worker was not reasonable.

“Well I shot it at them,” McNabb replied, according to court documents.

McNabb is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 17.