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Man tries to shoot pastor in Pennsylvania, but his gun doesn’t fire. I VIDEO – India TV

Man tries to shoot pastor in Pennsylvania, but his gun doesn’t fire.  I VIDEO – India TV

A man tried to shoot a pastor during a service at a church in Pennsylvania because “God told him to.”
Image source: AP A man tried to shoot a pastor during a service at a church in Pennsylvania because “God told him to do it.”

A man who tried to shoot a pastor during a service at a Pennsylvania church because “God told him to do it” was thwarted when his gun failed to fire and he was tackled by a congregant, authorities said. The chaos at Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in North Braddock occurred Sunday while the service was being broadcast live, state police said in a news release.

Bernard J. Beleefd, 26, of Braddock entered the church just after 1 p.m. and quickly walked to the front as the Rev. Glenn Germany preached a sermon. The pastor told WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh that Polite smiled at him and they made eye contact just before Polite pointed the gun at him. Germany then ducked out of the way when a male congregant tackled Polite.

Germany and the municipality then worked together to take the weapon from Polite, who was soon subdued and held until state forces arrived.

“God Said I Had to Do It”

Polite said “God told me to do it” and that he planned to shoot Germany and wait to be arrested so he could go to jail and clear his head,” according to court documents. He faces numerous charges, including aggravated assault and attempted murder, and was held without bail Monday in the Allegheny County Jail. State police said they did not know if Polite has an attorney.

The body of a shooting victim was found in a house near the church where Polite had attended shortly before going to church, provincial police said. The county medical examiner’s office identified the body Monday as Derek Polite, 56, of North Braddock, but did not say whether he was related to Bernard Polite.

Politeness was unknown in the church, officials said. According to court documents, he walked to the church after hearing music coming from there.

“I’m grateful that I woke up this morning and that I’m here. It could have gone the opposite way,” Germany told The Associated Press on Monday. “But God intervened and I am grateful to him.”

(With input from the agency)

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