Rocky River priest reports man pulled gun during confessional

The man didn't threaten the priest

A Catholic priest says he was confronted with a gun during a man's confession at his church in Ohio.

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (WEWS) – A Catholic priest says he was confronted with a gun during a man’s confession at his church in Ohio.

The priest told a 911 dispatcher that the man didn’t threaten him.

“He just had it pointed at me the whole time. He didn’t say, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ He didn’t say, ‘I’m going to shoot you.’ He just had it,” he said. “I’ve never done confession with somebody pointing a gun at me the whole time.”

The man is described as a white man in his late 20s with pale skin and black shoulder-length hair parted in the center. His left nostril is pierced, and he has a tattoo of a cross on his left arm.

Police said it was Saturday afternoon, June 11, when he walked into Saint Christopher Catholic Church in Rocky River for confession.  As soon as it began, the priest described what happened next.

“So he just came in, you know, to go to confession and before he sat down, he pulled this gun out from behind his back, his pants or something. So I did confession at gunpoint then,” he said.

Police advised clergy in the Cleveland metropolitan area to be aware of their personal safety and aware of practical crime prevention methods.

 

 

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