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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man walks up to an altar with a gun at a North Nashville church.
Metro Nashville police report that 26-year-old Dezire Baganda pulled out a gun while sitting in the front row of Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church on West Trinity Lane on Sunday. He then walked up to the alter waving the gun and pointing it at the congregation, telling them to “get up.”
The article goes on to state the following:
At the time, the pastor prayed with several members of the church at the altar, according to police. He then tackled Baganda, as church members jumped in to disarm him and hold him down before police arrived.
The report explains that Baganda is not a member of the church, but had previously attended services there. According to a report by WKRN, Baganda “was asked not to attend services last February after interrupting pastors during their sermons. However, church members said he was never violent. He showed up up Sunday for the 10 a.m. service and remained calm until the outburst around 12:45 p.m.”
No shots were actually fired during the melee on Sunday, but as he was being arrested by police, Baganda reportedly declared that he was Jesus and that all churches and schools need to be “shot up.”
He is being held on a $375,000 bond. CLICK HERE to see the press release from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
Video footage from a surveillance camera has been released of the alarming incident. Watch below:
WATCH — NORTH NASHVILLE — “man walks up to the altar with a gun at Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church, waves it around, points it at congregation… pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana prays, heroically tackles him and he’s disarmed without a shot fired…” https://t.co/4grV1jC0p7 pic.twitter.com/i2TESKE9Cl
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) November 8, 2021
— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) November 7, 2021
WATCH the news report below:
The heroic actions of a pastor saved a congregation from violence on Sunday afternoon when a man pulled a gun during the service.
26-year-old Dezire Baganda is charged with 15 counts of Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He’s being held on $375,000 bond. pic.twitter.com/XXDZDh7tVJ
— Aaron Cantrell (@AaronTheNewsGuy) November 8, 2021
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