The predecessor of North Carolina prayed with an armed robber who threatened to threaten to kill the church

& # 39; Not today! & # 39; The predecessor of North Carolina prayed with armed robber who threatened to enter the church to kill him – before he hit him in the face

  • Michael Kelly (32) entered the Southend Presbyterian Church in Charlotte on Wednesday and asked Reverend Larry James to be a better Christian
  • The couple prayed together, but when pastor Kelly escorted to the door, the suspect suddenly pulled out a box cutter and demanded money
  • James was in his face and hands beaten before he managed to hit Kelly
  • Kelly left the vicar's car and was later shot and killed by a policeman

Megan Sheets for Dailymail.com

Pastor Larry James on Wednesday stole an armed robber who threatened to kill him in his church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Suspect Michael Kelly, 32, had entered the church under the guise of wanting to be a better Christian, James said. The preacher can be seen above with a scar on his cheek from Kelly's assault

Pastor Larry James on Wednesday stole an armed robber who threatened to kill him in his church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Suspect Michael Kelly, 32, had entered the church under the guise of wanting to be a better Christian, James said. The preacher can be seen above with a scar on his cheek from Kelly's assault

A predecessor from North Carolina defended an armed robber who had threatened to kill him after he had entered the church under the guise of wanting to become a better Christian.

Pastor Larry James played a scar on his cheek when he told the ambush on Wednesday afternoon at Southend Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, which ended with suspect Michael Kelly who was shot dead by the police.

James said Kelly called at the church and asked how he could be a better Christian and better his life. The couple then sat down to pray together.

But when pastor Kelly escorted to the door, it got a violent turn.

He turned to me with the box knife and said: & # 39; I will kill you, give me the money, give me your phone, give me your car and your keys, & # 39; & # 39; James told Fox46.

I thought he thought I was an easy sign to get some money.

& # 39; When he said he was going to kill me, I said: & # 39; Not today! & # 39; I never believed that this would happen. & # 39;

James said he and Kelly had prayed together before the pastor accompanied him and the situation became violent. He turned to me with the coffin and said: & # 39; I will kill you, give me the money, give me your phone, give me your car and your keys, & # 39; & # 39; James told Fox46

James said he and Kelly had prayed together before the pastor accompanied him and the situation became violent. He turned to me with the coffin and said: & # 39; I will kill you, give me the money, give me your phone, give me your car and your keys, & # 39; & # 39; James told Fox46

James said he and Kelly had prayed together before the pastor accompanied him and the situation became violent. He turned to me with the coffin and said: & # 39; I will kill you, give me the money, give me your phone, give me your car and your keys, & # 39; & # 39; James told Fox46

James refused to give Kelly money, causing the attacker to hurt his face and hands with the box cutter. Then James fought back.

I looked at him and did not know what his intentions were. I wanted to hit him with my right hand, but as he was positioned, if I would have waved, he may have cut me, "he said.

& # 39; So I got my left hand and I really threw him in the jaw. & # 39;

Kelly managed to escape in the preacher's car and continued to hold a Family Dollar before he was finally shot and killed by an officer.

James said: & # 39; It is really sad because the last thing I expected is that he would die. I wanted him to be caught, but it was a bit of a sad issue. He was dead now because it seemed he wanted to. & # 39;

The predecessor was treated locally by emergency services.

Kelly managed to escape in the preacher's car and continued to hold a Family Dollar before he was finally shot and killed by an officer. The scene of the confrontation is above

Kelly managed to escape in the preacher's car and continued to hold a Family Dollar before he was finally shot and killed by an officer. The scene of the confrontation is above

Kelly managed to escape in the preacher's car and continued to hold a Family Dollar before he was finally shot and killed by an officer. The scene of the confrontation is above

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