Nashville pastor tackles armed suspect during church service, police say

Nashville pastor tackles armed suspect during church service, police say

11/08/2021

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A quick-thinking pastor in Nashville and a handful of congregants managed to tackle and disarm a suspect police said brandished a firearm during a Sunday morning service.

The dramatic scene played out inside Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church on West Trinity Lane, Fox 17 Nashville reported. Police in the city said Dezire Baganda, 26, who was seated toward the front of the church, took out the firearm and told members to get out of their seats.

The pastor was at the altar praying with congregants, but then quickly tackled the suspect, police said. Other members inside the church reportedly helped the pastor hold the suspect in place until police arrived. No shots were fired.

Dezire Baganda is charged with 15 counts of felony aggravated assault after reportedly pulling a gun in a North Nashville church on Sunday. (Photo: MNPD)
(MNPD)

Baganda, who was reportedly not a member of the church, was subsequently charged with15 counts of felony aggravated assault. Bond was set at $375,000, the Fox report said.

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