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According to a recent KTRK report, one Baytown, Texas, pastor was awakened by the sound of a man kicking in the Church of New Beginnings’ door this week.
“This was a robbery,” Benny Holmes said. “He broke in the door, had laptops in his hand.”
Relying on his faith in both God and guns, Holmes said he initially attempted to reason with the suspect.
“I commanded him to stop twice,” Holmes said, “and he didn’t. So [in] fear for my life, I did what I had to do.”
He reportedly shot suspect Lee Marvin Blue Jr., 27, in his right shoulder. It was as Blue lay in the floor, injured and awaiting the arrival of authorities, that Holmes said he addressed his duties to a higher power.
“I led him through the sinner’s prayer while he was on the floor,” he said. “He repeated the sinner’s prayer after me.”
Holmes’ ex-wife, Pat, indicated that the crime was not a total shock.
“We have church break-ins here in the city of Baytown,” she said. “But ours had never been broken into. Unfortunately today was the day.”
As local reports pointed out, this was not the pastor’s first experience with using a gun to protect his property. He held a woman at gunpoint in September, KTRK noted, when he found her attempting to steal packages from his front porch.
Blue received treatment for his injury at an area hospital. He will face one count of burglary of a building.
h/t: Bearing Arms
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