Man charged with firing shots at Missouri church

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of firing two shots inside a southern Missouri church before he was tackled faces first-degree assault and other charges.

Forty-eight-year-old Earnest Smith of Hartville was charged Monday. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Witnesses said Smith walked into the First Baptist Church in Norwood on Sunday morning and fired two shots before churchgoers tackled him. One of the men who subdued him suffered a minor arm injury during the struggle. No one else was hurt.

Smith also is charged with discharging a firearm into a habitable structure, unlawful use of a weapon, making a terrorist threat and armed criminal action.

A probable cause statement said Smith told authorities he was angry at the pastor and church members because they had “lied about him.”

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