Youth pastor shoots man during firecracker stand attack
Searched and didn't find this anywhere else. Also this was NRANEWS.COM hero of the day. The pastor was interviewed on Cam & Company, the youth group had been running a firework stand for 5 years. The pastor said the stand was a large tent that contained $40K in fireworks and equipment. This was the second attempt to rob the stand, the first time a smaller group was scared off by a flash light. The second time, when the shooting occured, the criminals returned in a larger group. The pastor was a former reserve police officer and a CCW permit holder.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A youth pastor from Wagoner shot and wounded a Muskogee man who he says was part of a group attacking him at a firecracker stand.
Darnell Gilbert is in good condition today at a Tulsa hospital after being shot in the chest by Pastor Charles Donnelly of the Wagoner Church of God early yesterday morning in Muskogee.
Police say Gilbert is one of at least two adults and four juveniles who went to the stand about 3 Sunday morning and attacked Donnelly and a 17-year-old who were keeping watch on the stand. The 17-year-old was treated and released at a Muskogee hospital.
Muskogee police say they've arrested four juveniles and two adults - including Gilbert - for the attack.
Donnelly says the youth group is shutting down the firecracker stand.
Intruder shot at church fireworks stand
By Donna Hales
Phoenix Staff Writer
A Muskogee man was stable following surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest Sunday in connection with an assault at a church firecracker stand.
Police got a condition report on Darnell Gilbert from a Tulsa hospital about 9 p.m. Sunday.
Darnell Gilbert was shot about 3 a.m. Sunday by Wagoner Church of God Youth Pastor Charles Donnelly, 44. Donnelly and a 17-year-old member of his youth group were staying all night at the stand when a group of about five or six individuals arrived in one vehicle, he said.
The group had been to the stand about 20 minutes earlier, seemingly casing the firecracker stand, Donnelly said. But at the 3 a.m. visit, several individuals went into the back of the large tent stand, where the juvenile was, Donnelly said.
The youth was attacked and hit in the mouth, knocked down and then rolled outside the tent, screaming for help.
“Three subjects rushed Donnelly about that same time, who was outside the tent,” said Muskogee Assistant Police Chief Johnny Teehee.
“I shot — I was in fear of my life and Daniel’s life — I feel I did what I had to do,” Donnelly said in a Sunday night phone interview. “I’m angry. I’m glad he (Gilbert) is going to be OK but angry they put me in that position.”
The youth was taken to Muskogee Regional Medical Center and later released, Donnelly said.
“Daniel is going to be all right — he’s home. He’s got a dental appointment — he has some trouble with his teeth and mouth.”
Teehee said four juveniles are in custody in connection with the attack and one adult.
Donnelly said he had to spend some time as a reserve officer, completed state law enforcement training and had pulled a weapon before.
“I just never was in a position where I had to shoot anyone before,” Donnelly said.
Donnelly fired a 40-cal. handgun, the same size gun police carry, Teehee said.
It was the youth group’s second year to have their firecracker stand at K-Mart and their third year to have it in Muskogee without incident. Donnelly said he had been with the company five or six years and never had a problem.
He said they shut down their stand after the incident and called the company to come after the fireworks — which they did.
Thanks clacky, I was adding that when you posted.
Good Story - Thanks for posting it.
That's what it's all about.
You are faced with a real "life threatening" situation.
The scenario is real. The bad guys are VERY real and they want to do you harm.
Your life is in potential deadly peril and you do what you must do to protect your life and the lives of innocent people who are at risk.
That is why the firearm is the great equalizer.
In qualified hands...it allows good people to go home instead of going to the grave.
That is why we carry.