Man accused of shooting 2 pastors in Fla. church after killing wife; worshippers tackle him

| September 18, 2011

LAKELAND, Fla. — Derrick Foster was kneeling in prayer when the gunman burst through the front door of Greater Faith Christian Center Church. He heard shooting, then screams.

A former church member is accused of critically wounding the church’s pastor and associate pastor as close to 20 people prayed between Sunday services. Authorities and relatives said Jeremiah Fogle shot his wife to death at his house, where he had started his own church, before continuing the rampage a block away at Greater Faith.

Foster, a teacher in the ministry, got up and saw the man near the pulpit, turning around with the gun in his hand.

“The first thing in my mind was, ‘I have to take this gun away,’” he said.

The Polk County sheriff’s office said Foster and another man tackled the gunman and one of the church members struck the suspect in the head with a microphone stand.

“He had a great grip on the gun,” Foster said. “My plan was, as soon as he hit the floor, it would cause him to drop it. But he didn’t drop it.”

He said it took three or four minutes of struggling with the gunman before he finally wrested the weapon away.

 

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