An Indiana pastor draws his own gun when he walks into a robbery at a grocery store. WFIE's Gabrielle Shirley reports.
A pistol-packing pastor helped foil a stick-up when he pulled his handgun on a man trying to rob an Indiana discount store Friday night, police said.
Pastor Carl Sanders, who has a permit to carry a firearm, managed to hold the suspect at the Dollar General Store in Evansville on the until police arrived.
Evansville Police said Jermaine Dewayne Marshall, 25, walked into the store and, with a bandanna over his face and an unknown object wrapped in plastic in his hand, demanded money from a worker at the register. The employee refused.
"Marshall tells the individual again to open the register and points this object he's trying to pass off as a firearm at the employee," said Capt. Andy Chandler of the Evansville Police Department.
When the clerk refused again, Marshall struck him several times in the face.
That's when Pastor Sanders walked into the store.
Sanders told NBC affiliate WFIE Evansville that Marshall came at him with what appeared to be a gun wrapped in plastic.
"He was telling me to get on the ground," Sanders told WFIE. "That's when I pulled my weapon and say, 'No, you get on the ground.'"
"I laid my life down for some people, knowing they were going to be OK," Sanders said, adding that Marshall "didn’t deserve to be hurt, I wasn't going to hurt him, but I wanted him to know you can't do this."
Sanders called the police and kept Marshall covered until police arrived, Chandler said. Police discovered that Marshall had been trying to pass off a spoon wrapped in a plastic bag as a firearm.
No one in the store was reported injured.
Marshall was arrested on a variety of charges.