Lee Marvin Blue, a 27-year old man decided to steal some electronics from the Church of New Beginnings in Baytown, Texas on July 28th. What burglary target could there be that a church at 6 am? Lee broke down the door to the church and went inside. All was going as planned and he was walking out with an armload of electronics when the unexpected (on Lee’s part that is) happened.
Pastor Benny Holmes was sleeping at the church and was awakened by the sound of someone walking inside the church. The pastor took his firearm and went to investigate. He found Lee Blue leaving with some laptops and ordered him to stop. Despite a second command to stop, Lee continued to approach the pastor. Pastor Holmes felt threatened, shot the intruder in the shoulder and held him for the police who arrived later.
Pastor Holmes said “I just want the public to know that this was a robbery. He broke in the door, had laptops in his hand. I commanded him to stop twice, and he didn’t. So fearing for my life, I did what I had to do.”
Pastor Holmes wasn’t finished with this burglar as he explained what happened while they were waiting for the police: “I led him through the sinner’s prayer while he was on the floor. He repeated the sinner’s prayer after me. And that was about it. I’m going to go visit him.”
Once again, a good guy with a gun stopped a crime. He may have also put this sinner on a track to turn away from a life of crime.