Providence or Malice: Gunman Miraculously Prevented from Firing at Pastor Mid-Sermon


Courage in Crisis: Churchgoers Heroically Subdue Gunman

North Braddock, Pennsylvania – In a horrifying incident that unfolded in a humble sanctuary, an armed intruder disrupted a peaceful Sunday sermon, aiming his weapon at the unsuspecting pastor. But amidst the chaos, an ordinary hero emerged, saving the day with unwavering bravery.

“I Heard It Click and Thought, ‘Thank God'”

Deacon Clarence McCallister, a pillar of Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church, was operating the camera that captured the ordeal. As a gun popped up, aimed directly at the face of Rev. Glenn Germany, McCallister’s heart skipped a beat.

“He ducked down, and the guy’s going after him,” McCallister recounted. “That’s when I leaped out of my chair and went after the guy. I put his arms to his sides so he couldn’t move, turned him around, and sat him down.”

A Split-Second Intervention

A shocking video of the incident shows Germany re-emerging from behind the pulpit and aiding McCallister in disarming the suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Bernard Polite. With a calm determination, McCallister took control of the weapon as Germany sat with the disarmed assailant near the front of the church.

“My pastor’s life was in danger,” McCallister said, his voice heavy with emotion. “I had to do something.”

A Tragic Discovery

Pennsylvania State Police apprehended Polite at the scene, where Allegheny County police also stumbled upon a grim discovery nearby—a lifeless body in a home where public records indicate Polite had family connections. Homicide investigations are currently underway.

Signs of Mental Distress

According to witnesses and police documents, Polite exhibited signs of mental illness during the incident. McCallister recalled the assailant stating that he was influenced by “spirits.”

“He was smiling as he was being restrained,” McCallister said. “Mental illness is serious. We need to recognize it and provide support.”

A Community United

Shockingly, both McCallister and Germany had never seen Polite before that fateful Sunday. Despite the trauma, the church community has come together, offering support and prayers.

Germany, grateful for his life, credits divine intervention for the outcome. “We’re a small church, but we have a mighty God,” he said.

Hero Honored

McCallister’s bravery has not gone unnoticed. He is hailed as a hero within the community and beyond.

“I’m just glad I was able to help,” McCallister said humbly. “I hope this inspires others to step up and be willing to act when needed.”

Charges Pressed

Polite faces severe charges, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment. He remains in custody without bail, awaiting his court appearance on May 13.

This incident is a sobering reminder of the importance of vigilant awareness and the power of ordinary citizens to act in the face of adversity. As the community processes this traumatic event, they stand united in their belief that faith and courage will prevail.

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