OKC Pastor Shoots At Burglary Suspect, Attempts To Hold Him At Gunpoint

Wednesday, August 26th 2015, 10:17 pm
By: News 9

A church pastor shot at an attempted robbery suspect, then attempted to hold him at gunpoint until police arrived at his church on Northeast 50th and M.L.K.

But, that suspect took off on foot when police showed up. And an unsuspecting homeowner found the man in his backyard.

News 9 talked to pastor Kenneth Morgan at his church. He said he was in his office getting ready for mid-week service when he heard something in the church's dining area.

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He was armed and ready when he went to go check it out. The pastor's presence scared the suspect and he took off outside.

“The pastor held the burglar at gunpoint. He laid down in the grass, at some point then decided to run off as we were arriving,” said Lt. Michelle Holland, OCPD.

That's when police say one shot was fired by Pastor Morgan at the suspect.

Then, the search was on for a man who somehow how made his way inside The Church of the Living God. Air One was in the air and dozens of officers were on the ground.

“When I came home it was helicopters everywhere,” said nearby homeowner Clarence Thomas.

Clarence Thomas, at home with his wife didn't know what was going on. They saw a breaking news scroll across their TV screen.

The suspect was on the run in his neighborhood.

“I said, well, I better go look in my backyard just to be sure,” said Thomas.

And Clarence was not prepared for what he was about to see.

“And I looked and I started to go back in the house, and I walked right here and I saw him laying right there beside that brick wall,” said Thomas.

He eased back inside his home and called 911.

“Within two minutes, it was 20 police cars here, and they took care of him,” said Thomas.

Pastor Morgan says in his 10 years as a licensed gun carrier, this was the first time he's had to use it at his church.

Pastor Morgan says the suspect, who has not been identified, told him he was looking for food and something to drink. 

As far as police know, the man didn't actually take anything out of the church.