An outspoken Oklahoma City pastor who encourages members of his congregation to arm themselves in self-defense, fatally shot an intruder at his home on Saturday.
Tom Vineyard was home with his son when a man broke into the back of the house. After a confrontation, Vineyard shot the burglar who was found dead outside the house, Oklahoma City’s News9 reported.
Vineyard is the head pastor at Windsor Hills Baptist Church, an independent Baptist church located across the street from Vineyard’s home in the northwest part of Oklahoma City.
According to Vineyard’s neighbors, he encourages members of his congregation to protect themselves.
“We have a program at church where we have a gentleman that comes in and does a class for gun permits and stuff like that he urges the churches to do that for protection because things are so bad nowadays,” said one of Vineyard’s neighbors and a parishioner at Windsor Hills.
“They broke into my house about a month and a half ago and I was over at the church at this time and they busted in my front door.”
Vineyard, and the church, have been in the news before. The Southern Poverty Law Center considers the church a hate group, citing statements Vineyard has made criticizing gays.