“I don’t want to get off into it, but if you are going to carry a firearm, you got to be willing to use it.” Shortly after 3 a.m. probably isn’t the best time to be bathed in the soft glow of a smart phone — not sure if that’s a sign of advancing age, gadget-dependence, an occupational hazard or some combination of the three — but a screen was open, a news feed rolling and a mind was left reeling. Pastor killed, 2 injured in Texas church shooting. Tragic, and yet not terribly surprising. Nobody thinks twice about seeing off-duty, uniformed cops standing watch over Sunday services. Not since November 2017 when 26 God-fearing folk were massacred in a different church in Texas. Sunday’s killing — only the latest, and certainly not the last — stood out for another reason. The pastor was killed with his own gun after a suspect disarmed him. The short version of another sad story has it that the pastor, no doubt spooked by the massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and driven by a desire to protect his flock, came upon a man hiding in a bathroom stall about 9 a.m. Sunday.
He pulled his legal concealed weapon and ordered the man to the ground. But when the pastor began speaking to his wife, the man snatched the pastor’s gun and shot him with it. Two others were injured. The 21-year-old suspect fled in the pastor’s truck and was captured later. He’s been charged with capital murder. [full article]