This Osceola Pastor gets to celebrate New Years Eve tonight thanks to his sidearm and quick thinking.
News 13 reported that Osceola County deputies now say a man shot at a church near Poinciana had fired shots at the church’s pastor, who returned fire with his own weapon, hitting the man.
Deputies responded shortly after 8 a.m. to the Living Water Fellowship, at 4101 Pleasant Hill Road. There they spoke with witnesses and those involved, who said a meeting was taking place to fire Benjamin Parangan, a maintenance worker at the church.
According to deputies, Parangan pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at Pastor Terry Howell, who took out his own weapon and fired back, striking Parangan.
Howell was not injured, but Parangan was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Deputies said several church employees witnessed the incident and gave similar statements.
Sheriff’s officials said their investigation was ongoing, and they were treating Pastor Howell’s involvement as a case of self-defense, with criminal charges pending against Parangan.
Living Water Fellowship sent this statement Tuesday afternoon:
“We are in full support of the on-going Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the traumatic incident that occurred at our Church this morning. We will continue to cooperate with the investigators in every way that we can. Until the investigation is complete, we will not be making any public statements. Thank you for understanding. The members of our Church will continue to pray for all those involved in this morning’s incident. We would ask all who read this release to do the same.”
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