An armed man walked into Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in Pennsylvania and aimed a gun at the pastor during Sunday service according to the Allegheny County police. The pastor narrowly escaped harm as the firearm failed to discharge. Quick action from a church member subdued the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Bernard Junior Polite. Polite now faces charges of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

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Bernard Polite Jr. Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in Pennsylvania Shooter

Police Investigation and Homicide Discovery

Following the attempted shooting, police discovered the body of a man shot in Polite’s home, identified as 56-year-old Derek Polite, a relative of the suspect. Investigations into the motive behind the attempted shooting and the subsequent homicide are ongoing. Allegheny County police confirmed that no officers were on duty during the church incident, leading to the emergency call being deferred to Pennsylvania State Police.

Community Response and Ongoing Investigation

The incident has sparked concern within the community, prompting a thorough investigation by law enforcement agencies. With Polite in custody and facing serious charges, authorities are working to unravel the events leading to both the attempted shooting at the church and the subsequent homicide. As the investigation progresses, residents await answers regarding the motives behind these troubling incidents and hope for justice for the victims involved.