A pastor is dead and two others are in stable condition after a Sunday morning shooting inside the Starrville Methodist Church in Winona, Texas.
According to Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith, a man, now identified as Myrtez Deunte Woolen, 21, had been hiding from police in the church bathroom after a high-speed chase the night before.
“What we believe happened this morning is the suspect backtracked his way — after deputies left the area — came back, and in order to get out of the cold, entered a broken window and entered the church,” Smith said. “He was still in the bathroom of the church with the door closed when the pastor or his wife … opened the door and met with him.”
Pastor Mark Allen McWilliams, 62, of Frankston, Texas, was armed and managed to get Woolen to surrender before things took a turn for the worst.
“He made the suspect lay down on the floor … the pastor got distracted … talking to his wife and the suspect lunged at him and was able to take the firearm out of his hand,” Smith said.
Woolen was arrested and charged with aggravated assault while exhibiting a deadly weapon, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and first-degree capital murder.