An attempted burglary at a New Orleans church Wednesday evening left one man wounded and another in jail.
Police responded to a report of shots fired at the Greater Morning Star Baptist Church around 5 p.m. Friends and family who at the scene identified the shooter as Pastor W.L.T. Littleton.
The two suspects allegedly came onto the church property to commit a burglary. However, Littleton, who is a former New Orleans police officer was armed and fired a total of eight shots at some point.
When police arrived, they located a pickup truck containing several bullet holes with the back window glass shattered a short distance from the church. One suspect was found with a gunshot wound to the head and he was reportedly taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Officers also found the second suspect, 34-year-old Joseph Cross. He was arrested and charged with copper theft.
Littleton was questioned by police but released. Investigators also removed Littleton’s handgun from his vehicle.
A witnessed stated she saw the pickup truck speed off, followed by Littleton in his Navigator.
Friends and family said Littleton acted in self-defense, but details of the incident aren’t known at this time.
On Thursday, NOPD arrested Littleton and charged him with aggravated battery.