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Pennsylvania Man’s Attempt to Shoot Pastor During Church Service Fails When Gun Jams

Law enforcement in Western Pennsylvania are investigating after video footage shows a 26-year-old man pulled a gun on a preacher during a live-streamed church service Sunday.

Police are also investigating after they reported that officers also found a man fatally shot to death in the suspect’s home later that evening.

Just before 1:10 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police say troopers responded to Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in North Braddock after the suspect entered the church and attempted to shoot the preacher during his sermon.

North Braddock, a borough in Allegheny County, is about 9 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

Troopers identified the suspect as Bernard Junior Polite of North Braddock.

“Polite pointed a firearm at the pastor, attempted to shoot, but the firearm failed to discharge,” police wrote in a news release.

“The gun did not go off, but he definitely pulled the trigger,” the preacher, Glenn Germany, told USA TODAY Monday morning by phone. “It was a gentleman who randomly did something up the road. Police said he killed his uncle, and the next place he came was the church. He said spirits were telling him to shoot a pastor.”

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