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Gunman seen trying to shoot Pennsylvania pastor is now charged with shooting dead his cousin

A gunman who pulled a firearm on a Pennsylvania pastor throughout a live-streamed sermon has now been charged with shooting dead his cousin simply hours earlier than the terrifying church saga unfolded.

Bernard Polite, 26, was slapped with the murder cost late Tuesday after the physique of his 56-year-old cousin, Derek Polite, was found in his North Braddock house on Sunday evening.

Relatives made the grim discovery after going to the house to verify on Derek after witnessing the horrifying video of Polite allegedly trying to shoot the pastor on the Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church earlier on Sunday, Allegheny County police mentioned.

Man pulling gun
Bernard Polite was arrested after a surprising livestream confirmed a gunman pointing a weapon on the pastor.

During that ordeal, Polite was caught on the livestream calmly approaching pastor Glenn Germany and pointing the firearm at him as he delivered his sermon.

“He pulled the gun; it clicked,” the pastor later told WPXI. “God jammed the gun so the bullet didn’t come out.”

Polite was finally taken into custody after the pastor and the church’s deacon managed to pin him down till cops arrived.

Just hours after hauling Polite away, police had been then alerted to the physique in his house lower than half a mile from the church.

“After witnessing reports of [the church] incident, family members of Derek Polite went to his residence in the 500 block of Stokes Avenue to check on his wellbeing and discovered him deceased inside,” police mentioned in an announcement.

Church service gone wrong
A churchgoer managed to sort out the gunman within the instant aftermath. KDKA

“Through witness interviews, detectives learned Bernard Polite was seen pacing outside the residence the morning of May 5, and later a neighbor reported hearing a noise which could have been a gunshot at approximately 10:00 am.”

The bullet discovered inside the house matched the firearm seized by cops following the church ordeal, cops mentioned.

In the wake of the church incident, the pastor mentioned Polite had revealed to him that he’d seen “spirits” in his thoughts telling him to open fireplace.

“He said, ‘The spirits were in my mind. They got in my mind and told me to shoot the pastor’,” Germany recalled.

A church service in North Braddock, Pennsylvania was upended Sunday when a man pulled a gun on the pastor in the middle of his sermon.
The pastor praised God for safeguarding him. KDKA

“He actually apologized to me. I told him that ‘I forgive you and want you to know I love you,’ but yes, I definitely forgave him.”

In addition to the murder cost tied to his cousin’s slaying, Polite is additionally charged with aggravated assault and tried murder over the church saga.

He is presently being held within the Allegheny County Jail.

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