Video shows pastor attacking and disarming gunman during church service


A quick-thinking Tennessee pastor arrested a man who drew a gun during a church service on Sunday.

Dezire Baganda, 26, was sitting outside the Sunday service at the Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church when he suddenly pulled out a gun and walked towards the altar, where the pastor was praying with several members, according to the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. .

He brandished the gun, told everyone to stand up and “pointed the handgun at the congregation,” police said.

Poignant surveillance footage of the incident appears to show the suspect brandishing the gun in the face of worshipers. The pastor tackled the suspect from behind and brought him to the ground, according to the footage.

Some shocked worshipers ran out of the church when they saw the pastor go into action. Others helped disarm Baganda before shots were fired and kept him grounded until police arrived at the scene, police said.

Baganda was not a member of the church, but the pastor said he had attended church services before, police said.

Baganda was charged Sunday with 15 counts of aggravated assault. Several charges are expected to be added this week, police said.

Authorities called the pastor’s actions “heroic,” saying he saved the church from further violence.


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