Louisiana Pastor Arrested After He Opened Fire on Copper Thieves Outside of His Church
A gun toting pastor, identified as W.L.T. Littleton, in New Orleans, Louisiana has found himself on the wrong side of the law this week. The pastor opened fire on a pair of copper thieves as they fled his church after attempting a theft.
According to NOLA.com,
NOPD Interim Superintendent Michael Harrison said Littleton told investigators that he confronted two men stealing copper tubing from air conditioners on his property next to his church and ordered them, at gunpoint, to stop. They were fleeing in a pickup truck when Littleton opened fire, the chief said.
Littleton is pastor of the Greater Morning Star Baptist Church of Algiers, and worked as an NOPD officer from 1974-83.
The arrest came nearly 24 hours after the shooting. Littleton was on the scene of the shooting for at least two hours, talking with investigators, and eventually left, uncuffed, in an unmarked police car after police retrieved a gun from his white Lincoln Navigator.
One of the suspects was struck in the head by Littleton’s gunshots. Littleton faces charges of aggravated battery by shooting.
The suspect who was shot is listed in serious condition at an area hospital. The other suspect was taken into custody by police and faces charges of theft and criminal damage.
Littleton’s family and congregation expressed their support for their pastor, citing his extreme generosity and help around the community.