Hero prevents church shooting in Pennsylvania with this heart-stopping quick response

It was a shocking scene and one that easily could have turned into an awful tragedy.

But one brave man prevented a disaster from unfolding for an entire group of innocent people.

Now a Pennsylvania hero explains how he prevented a church shooting.

For many churchgoers what started out as just another Sunday turned into a day that won’t soon be forgotten.

It happened at the Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in North Braddock, Pennsylvania on May 5th.

It was in the middle of a sermon when an armed man walked up to the front of the church and pointed a gun at the pastor.

Then he pulled the trigger.

It’s a miracle that no one was hurt

Whether it was through sheer luck, or perhaps divine intervention, when those on the scene heard a click, the gun never fired.

The pastor, Rev. Glenn Germany, ducked for cover.

But the shooter would only have one chance to commit this horrific act because a man named Clarence McCallister jumped and tackled the would-be assassin before he had the chance to take another shot.

McCallister, a deacon who had been recording the church service before the incident took place, later told Fox News, “I heard it click, and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, thank God that gun jammed!’”

 

The gunman was later identified as 26-year-old Bernard Polite.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested Polite at the church, about 10 miles outside Pittsburgh.

According to WTAE, the police searched Polite’s home.

When they arrived, they found the body of a man who was shot and killed hours before the incident at the church.

The body was identified as Derek Polite, the 56-year-old cousin of the gunman.

McCallister works as a heavy equipment specialist for the city of Pittsburgh.

He’s already returned to work and says he is taking things “one day at a time.”

A hero’s actions may have saved the life of a pastor

Recalling the incident, McCallister said, “He ducked down, and the guy’s going after him. That’s when I leaped up out of that 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.”

McCallister then retrieved the gun as Germany sat with the gunman.

According to witness accounts, Polite exhibited several signs of being mentally ill.

He claimed to have been possessed by spirits and was smiling as he was being restrained.

McCallister said, “He was in the church for a while. He could have killed anybody, but the voice that he heard told him to kill the pastor. Mental illness is serious. This is something that needs to be taken seriously, and we need to do our best to recognize it. I’ve never seen him before in the church, and I’ve never seen him before in public.”

Germany told Fox News that he had never seen the man before that Sunday’s service.

Polite is being held without bail at the Allegheny County Jail on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. 

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story. 

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