Pastor Tackles Gunman During Church Service 

by Kaleb Smitherman

On November 7th, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee, at Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church  a 26-year-old man pulled a gun as the pastor was praying with several people at the altar, and told everyone to get up as he waved and pointed the gun at the congregation, police said. The pastor tackled the man and then several church members helped to disarm and hold him until officers arrived, the statement said. Metro Nashville Police said in a statement that no shots were fired during the incident Sunday at Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church. Police said the 26-year-old man, identified as Dezire Baganda. 

Baganda was waving the gun around when, according to police, he told everyone to get up and “pointed the handgun at the congregation.” That’s when police said the pastor “quickly tackled” Baganda before he was able to fire his weapon. Many of the church members assisted the pastor as they worked to disarm Baganda and hold him to the ground until the arrival of the police.

Baganda was not a regular church member, but the pastor told police that he attended previous services. Police have charged Baganda with 15 counts of felony aggravated assault. Police added that multiple counts are expected to be added at the first of the week.

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