Arrest Made After Escambia County Pastor Shot At His Church
September 5, 2012
An Escambia County pastor was shot in the parking lot of his church Wednesday evening, and deputies have the suspect in custody.
West Pensacola Baptist Church Pastor Laddie Pierce was shot about 6 p.m. as he was headed to a Bible study. He was transported by ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. His injuries are not life threatening.
Deputies said Markham and Pierce were involved in an argument outside the church before the shooting. Markham, deputies said, then pulled a firearm and shot the pastor in the leg. There were no other injuries.
Markham, a member of the church’s congregation, admitted to deputies that he shot the pastor because he believed his wife was having an affair with Pierce. Markham told deputies that “his intent and purpose was to shoot Pierce in the groin area one time without killing him”.
“The pastor was shot by a member of our church who suffers with mental health issues. Pastor is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery,” read a statement issued Thursday by the church.
West Pensacola Baptist Church is located on West Jackson street.