Man Pulls Gun On Pastor Mid-Sermon, Chaos Ensues


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A man pulled out a gun on a pastor mid-sermon Sunday in North Braddock, causing chaos inside the church.

Bernard Junior Polite allegedly attempted to shoot Pastor Glenn Germany as he was delivering a sermon at Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church around 1 p.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police, WTAE reported.

“I started to begin to preach and all of a sudden, from my left-hand side, I saw him move from the back to the front of the church, and he set up in the front corner of the church and smiled at me,” Germany said. “All of a sudden, I just saw a gun pointing right at me. And at that point, all I could try to do is run for cover.”

Polite’s gun appeared to jam when he approached Germany and attempted to fire, live-stream video of the church’s service shows. Multiple church members rushed to the pastor’s defense as he distanced himself from the 26-year-old suspect, who was tackled and disarmed by one man attending the service, according to the outlet.

The pastor praised the man who jumped to his defense, telling WTAE that he was a “hero” who “sacrificed himself.”

“He could have lost his life in that struggle. But he sacrificed himself for everyone, and he’s the hero,” Germany said.

Polite told police that he tried to shoot Germany because “God told him to do it” and he wanted to go to jail, according to the criminal complaint obtained by WTAE. (RELATED: Murder Suspect Allegedly Eats Section Of Dead Man’s Face: REPORT)

The body of a man who was shot dead was found inside Polite’s home on Stokes Avenue on Sunday, according to the outlet. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the shooting victim as Derek Polite of North Braddock on Monday. Police are investigating the incident, and the church suspect has yet to face charges regarding the body found at his residence.

Polite was charged with attempted homicide for the incident at the church, WTAE reported. He is being held at Allegheny County Jail as he awaits a scheduled court appearance later this month.