Pastor Wants Grandson Charged With Attempted Murder

| July 16, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) – A teenager who barricaded himself inside his grandfather’s church and held police at bay for four hours in April has pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness, but his grandfather, the Rev. Damon Roach, said the teen tried to kill him and should be charged with attempted murder.

The police standoff happened April 5, when 19-year-old Calvin Griffin barricaded himself inside First Christian Missionary Baptist Church at 6190 E. 38th St. Griffin surrendered to police after about four hours.

Roach said Griffin fired shots at him in the sanctuary before barricading himself in, but prosecutors defended their choice of charges.

"The nature of the shooting fell in the line of an accidental discharge during the chase through the church itself," said Deputy Prosecutor Gregory Spencer. "It didn't rise to the level of an intentional shooting that would be required for a higher charge."

Roach said Griffin is a troubled young man, and his plea deal doesn't fit the crime.

"He fired twice; they said he fired once," Roach said. "They are making it like I ran from him, but he fired at me in the sanctuary. They are letting him plead guilty to a misdemeanor, where he'll be out in two months. He is going to seriously hurt someone or someone is going to hurt him."

Laura Pitts, Griffin's attorney, admitted that her client made some mistakes.

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