Tragedy stuck a small east Texas church Sunday when the church’s pastor was shot to death with his own gun after confronting an intruder.
According to Fox News, the suspect was identifed as Mytrez Deunte Woolen, 21. A report from the Tyer, Texas, Telegraph identified the victim as Starrville Methodist Church Pastor Mark Allen McWilliams.
Woolen had earlier been wanted in connection with a Saturday night shooting in nearby Tyler, said Lt. Jay Webb of the Harrison County sheriff’s office said, according to KXAS.
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The station reported that Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said that on Saturday night, police had been chasing a suspect who brandished a shotgun through the sunroof of the vehicle he was driving when the car crashed near the church, located near Winona, about 100 miles east of Dallas.
Authorities spent two hours looking for the man they were chasing, Smith told reporters.
When the church’s pastor opened the door to the church’s bathroom on Sunday, a man was there holding a bank bag that belonged to the church.
The pastor pulled out his gun and told the man to surrender, according to KXAS. Instead, the man lunged at the pastor, secured the weapon and shot McWilliams with it. The pastor was killed. One person suffered a gunshot wound and another sustained injuries in a fall, KXAS reported