Pastor Wounds Disgruntled Employee in Church Shootout
Authorities say that the pastor of a Florida church shot a church employee after the employee learned that he was being terminated from his job, pulled a gun and opened fire.
According to a press release from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Living Water Fellowship Church Pastor Terry Howell informed maintenance worker Benjamin Parangan during a meeting Tuesday that he he would be fired.
Witnesses say Parangan pulled a gun and fired multiple shots at Howell in front of other church staff members, missing the pastor. Witnesses say Howell returned fire with his own weapon, hitting and wounding Parangan.
Parangan was taken to the hospital. No one else was hurt in the shooting.
Upon his release, Parangan will face multiple charges including aggravated assault with the intent to kill.
Authorities said that both of the men had permits to carry weapons and Howell's involvement is currently being investigated as self-defense.
On "Happening Now" today, Michael Gottlieb reiterated that both men were carrying guns legally and said it appears that the pastor took "necessary measures."
"It's a classic self-defense case," Gottlieb said. "I'd be surprised if he even got charged with a crime."
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