Lexington, MS -The Associated Press reports police officers shot and killed a church deacon after a personnel issue debate between the deacons and the church members became chaotic.

The reports state the deacon board was attempting to fire the pastor for unknown reasons.  The pastor attempted to enlist the help of some of his followers and family members.

A deacon, identified as Cacedrick White, 26 years old, arrived in the parking lot with a shotgun and shot one round.

Officers who had been called to the scene to control the chaos were reportedly leaving the scene when they encountered White in the parking lot.  One of the officers, shooting 3 rounds from about 20 feet, shot White, killing him.

The Coroner believed someone called White at home and he came to the church ready to protect the pastor.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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