According to police, the suspect, Joshua Betke came to the church requesting to see a man he identified as being a case worker at a local men’s shelter. The man agreed to meet him in front of the church, and a church security member escorted him outside and stayed with them while they spoke.
As the case worker came outside to speak with Betke, he drew a knife and tried to stab him. He stated his guardian angel told him to do this.
The church security member shoved the suspect, drew a legally carried concealed firearm, pointed it at Betke and told him to drop the knife
and get on the ground. He complied and the team member did not have to shoot him.
According to reports both the victim and suspect suffered minor cuts.
Betke is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, Lawrence said. He is in custody at the McDowell County Jail, and is being held on a $18,100 bond, according to Lawrence.
Good move on the part of church security in this incident. His reaction to this violent event by producing a firearm in self defense most likely checked the suspects aggressive actions and thankfully there was no loss of life.