Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pastor arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot children for riding bicycles near church

An pastor from New Castle, Indiana is accused of threatening to shoot two children after telling them to stay away from his church. According to court documents filed this week in Henry County, Bobby Slagle, 69, showed his firearm to the children while they were riding their bicyles near the church.

The Henry County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of intimidation and resisting law enforcement against him. According to New Castle police, the incident happened at around 5pm on Monday. Slagle was standing outside Calvary Baptist Church when a brother and sister were riding their bikes to Baker Park.

According to the children’s account to police, a man later identified as Slagle told them to “get off his property or he was going to shoot them.” He then raised his shirt to show he had a gun. The handle was sticking out of his waistband. Police then went to Slagle’s home, where he invited officers inside and said there were several children on the property and he was upset with recent vandalism at the church. He then showed officers the gun, raising his shirt again.

Slagle said he had a lifetime carry permit and told officers “it was his right to tell the kids” what he’d told them. Officers then left the home and discussed the case with the prosecutor’s office, which planned to pursue an intimidation charge in the case. Officers made the arrest at the church. As they tried to handcuff Slagle, he “tensed up” and started a brief struggle with officers. Police said Slagle’s gun contained “four live rounds” of ammunition when they took him into custody.

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