Pastor Tackles Gunman During Sunday Service at Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church

Pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana of Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church
Through an interpreter, Pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana of Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church explains how he managed to tackle a parishioner who pulled out a gun Sunday. (Photo: Screenshot/WKRN)

A quick-thinking Tennessee pastor stopped a man who pulled out a gun during a church service Sunday.

Dezire Baganda, 26, was sitting at the front of Sunday’s service at the Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church when he suddenly pulled out a gun and walked up to the altar, where the pastor was praying with several members, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

He waved the gun around, told everyone to get up and “pointed the handgun at the congregation,” police said.

Harrowing surveillance video from the incident appears to show the suspect wave the gun in his hand facing the worshippers. The pastor tackled the suspect from behind and brought him to the ground, according to the footage.

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