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Criminal charges follow gunfire between pastor and janitor

There are a number of ways that a seemingly normal interaction between two individuals can become heated. The fear of losing one's job is a prime example, and many in Florida have had job-related arguments or confrontations. This scenario recently played out within a Poinciana church, and left one man with criminal charges after gunfire was exchanged between the pastor and an employee.

The incident began when the pastor of Living Water Fellowship in Osceola County called a meeting with the janitor of the church. The purpose of the meeting was to terminate the janitor's employment. From that point forward, police are still working to determine the sequence of events that led to both men firing weapons. 

At some point during that meeting, the janitor allegedly pulled a handgun and fired several shots. According to police, the pastor then responded by drawing his own weapon and returning fire. The pastor was uninjured in the altercation, but the maintenance worker was critically injured. As of the time of this report, he remains hospitalized. Several witnesses were present and gave statements to the police.

It is unclear whether Florida police have been able to interview the man who was shot and injured, as he required emergency medical treatment after the incident. However, they are treating the matter as an act of self defense on the part of the pastor. Criminal charges are pending against the janitor, although the incident remains under investigation. As police learn more, additional information may become available to Florida readers.

Source: bradenton.com, "Janitor critical after shots exchanged with pastor at Florida church", Dec. 30, 2014

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