Armed church worker captures suspect for police

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Tampa, FL - It was one holy stand-off at a church in Florida, captured on camera by a news crew.

"Don't move!" Ed Clayton, church employee, yelled at the suspect. "Do not move! You drop 'em, I'm gonna drop you!"

Instead of letting Jesus take the wheel, the armed church worker took matters into his own hands when he saw a suspect fleeing after an alleged break-in.

"I saw the guy walk up the sidewalk and he saw me and then he took off running," Clayton said.

An eyewitness saw the suspect kick in the church's glass doors. "I was walking by the church, and I heard some noise," the unidentified witness shared. "When I went to check it out there was this guy kicking the door in."

That's when you could say a "higher power" got involved.

The church worker, who happens to be a maintenance man with a gun permit, sprang into action. "As soon as I hit the sidewalk over there I took my weapon out," Clayton remarked.

Then, the police arrived to deliver a sermon of their own. "Get down on the ground now!" an officer yelled out.

Now the suspect faces a felony criminal mischief charge.

The lesson here is, if you mess with a church, there's going to be hell to pay!

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