An off-duty deputy, who is also a deacon at the Living Word Faith Center in Fort Bend County, Texas, fired several shots at an unidentified man on Tuesday night, who was reportedly trying to break into cars outside the church.
The deputy and several other church members were inside the sanctuary cleaning up after a meeting, when another church member walked outside and saw the man allegedly trying to break into some cars in the church parking lot.
That's when the deputy, who works for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, went outside to investigate.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the deputy pulled his gun and told the suspect to show his hands. But the suspect ran to his own car and appeared to be taking something out of it.
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The man pointed some type of object at the deputy, who started firing his gun. The suspect escaped on foot, leaving his car behind.
“There were several backpacks recovered. It looked like this individual had been breaking into several vehicles. Also the deputy’s own truck had been broken into,” Thomas Gilliland, of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, told KHOU. “We’ll run the VIN and find out exactly if the car is registered to anyone and go with the investigation from there.”
The church's leader, Pastor John Hickman, hopes the would-be thief returns so that he can help him turn his life around.
“Now what’s strange, is that I would like to get a chance to know him and to save that young man. He probably has a great future ahead of him, he just doesn’t know it,” said Pastor Hickman.