Armed Pastor Fights Off Knife Wielding Duo in Attempted Robbery
Pastor Don Hunter told police a stranger came to his home asking for money. Shortly thereafter, Hunter was jumped and slashed on the forearm with what police believe was a knife, according to Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department.
Hunter said when he saw a second assailant, he pulled out the gun he keeps in his pocket and fired a round as they fled from the scene.
The pastor described his neighborhood, where he has lived for two decades, as “a good neighborhood, nice and quiet,” going on to say, “It’s a pretty strange thing that it happened here.”
He sustained two slashes to his forearm and was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. The gashes required ten staples to close. But the pastor was grateful to have his trusty sidearm with him when two men attacked him in his garage.
Hunter quipped that the wounds were to his “clutch hand” on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which may cause some discomfort but won’t prevent him from enjoying time on the open road.
"They need to come to justice, needless to say, but I don't have anything against them," said Don Hunter.
Police have not released a description of the attackers and are unsure whether either of the men was hit by Hunter’s shot.
The central Oklahoma city gained national attention last year when a Muslim man beheaded a co-worker at a food processing plant and attacked another before being shot by the owner of the facility.
Mark Vaughan, the president and CEO of the company where Alton Nolen worked before being fired for harassing other employees while proselytizing for Islam, is also a reserve deputy with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Lewis, who also worked the beheading case last year, credited Vaughan with not only saving the life of the second victim, but others in the plant.
Nolen is scheduled for a competency hearing on October 26, 2015 as he faces a charge of first-degree murder, and assault and battery with a deadly weapon on the second victim.