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Man who pulled gun on pastor accused of homicide after cousin found dead: police

A man who pointed a gun at a pastor at a Pennsylvania church Sunday was charged with homicide after his cousin was found shot to death, according to Allegheny County police.

Bernard Junior Polite, 26, was arrested Sunday after allegedly trying to shoot the Rev. Glenn Germany during a sermon at Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in the Pittsburgh suburb of North Braddock.

The incident, which was filmed live, showed Polite being tackled from behind by a church deacon after his handgun jammed.

After Polite’s arrest, the body of a 56-year-old man – identified as Derek Polite – was found fatally shot in the suspect’s home, according to authorities.

PHOTO: A man draws a gun during a sermon at Jesus' Dwelling Place Church in North Braddock, Pa., in a screenshot from a video taken Sunday, May 5, 2024.

A man draws a gun during a sermon at Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in North Braddock, Pa., in a screenshot from video taken Sunday, May 5, 2024.

Glenn Germany

On Tuesday, law enforcement said the suspect had been charged with homicide in connection with the death of the man, who they said was his cousin.

Witnesses interviewed by detectives said they saw the suspect “pacing outside the residence” the morning of the church incident, and a neighbor “reported hearing a noise that could have been that of a gunshot.”

Polite is being held in prison ahead of his arraignment.

According to a criminal complaint, Polite confessed to trying to kill the pastor, telling a police officer, “God told him to do it.”

In an interview with “Good Morning America,” the pastor said it was a “miracle” that he survived the shooting attempt.

“He pulled the trigger and a miracle from God happened: the gun jammed. That bullet had a name on it,” Germany said.

Germany told “GMA” that he saw Polite enter the church and the man smiled at him before walking up to the pulpit and pointing the gun at him. The Deacon, Clarence McCallister, can be seen tackling Polite as Germany rushes behind a podium.

“I just jumped up and…I pulled his arm to the side and locked him in,” McCallister told “GMA.”

Germany described McCallister’s quick response as “an act of heroism if I’ve ever seen one.”

ABC News

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