WINONA, Texas (KETK) – A pastor was shot and killed with his own gun just before morning services at the Starrville Methodist Church Sunday in Winona, Texas.
The shooter was captured by Harrison County authorities near Marshall after a high-speed chase.
The shooter’s name was not released, but he is described as a 21-year-old black male.
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said in a news conference that the alleged shooter was being chased by police late Saturday night. Smith did not say what started the chase, but that the license plates on his car were fake.
The man’s car crashed and he ran into the woods. Smith County authorities and DPS started a massive search. He allegedly fled into the church and hid in the bathroom overnight.
The pastor found the man in the bathroom just before Sunday morning services were to start. The pastor was carrying a gun, but the suspect was able to wrestle it away and shot him.
A second person at the scene was also injured before he fled the church. That victim is in surgery at a Tyler hospital. Harrison County deputies and DPS were able to capture him after a separate high-speed chase on I-20 where speeds reached 120 miles per hour.
The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the hand. It is unclear if that was from the shooting at the church or when he was captured.
Smith said that the gunman acted alone at that “all the danger is gone.”
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