-1 Florida pastor shoots armed former employee
(AP) - Authorities say the pastor of a
central Florida church shot and wounded an employee during a gunfight after the
employee learned he was being fired.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said in a news release
that Living Water Fellowship Church Pastor Terry Howell had been meeting with
maintenance worker Benjamin Parangan Tuesday to terminate Parangan's employment
with the Kissimmee church.
Witnesses say Parangan pulled out a handgun and fired
multiple shots at Howell. He wasn't hurt but returned fire with his own weapon
and hit Parangan.
Officials say Parangan was listed in stable condition at a
Deputies are investigating the shooting as a case of
self-defense. Authorities say charges are pending against Parangan.