A pastor was beaten to death inside a Texas church on Monday and the man suspected in the attack died after officers subdued him with a Taser, police said.
Authorities say the suspect assaulted a janitor outside the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church in Forest Hill, just east of Fort Worth, and then crashed his vehicle into the side of the building, NBCDFW.com reported.
When officers arrived, the man was still armed with the object, prompting police to use a stun gun to subdue him, according to NBCDFW.com.
The man was arrested and placed in a police car.
According to MedStar spokesperson Matt Zavadsky, when officials later went to check on the man, he was not breathing and had no pulse. Upon arrival at John Peter Smith Hospital, the man was declared dead.
Police have not released the names of the pastor or the suspect.
The janitor and another person in the church were transported to the hospital. Their conditions were not known.
After word of the assaults began to spread throughout the congregation and community, a crowd gathered outside of the church. Two people in the crowd were given medical attention after being overcome by grief, officials said.
Forest Hill police have requested the assistance of the Texas Rangers in the investigation.
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