Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Methodist Pastor arrested for pointing gun at people

A dispute between neighbors in an east Nashville neighborhood, according to police, kept building throughout the summer.

The dispute ended with the arrest of Horace Wilkinson, pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Lebanon, on 10 counts of aggravated assault.

Wilkinson's neighbors installed five security cameras around their Russell Street home. Metro police said those cameras caught Wilkinson allegedly handling a pistol in such a way that it put his neighbors in fear, they said.

The neighbors also said Wilkinson made lewd gestures at them while carrying a gun, and that he patted a pistol in his waistband while looking in their direction.

Metro police and the Davidson County District Attorney's office reviewed the video taken by the cameras. They turned the video over to the grand jury that indicted Wilkinson.

Metro police arrested Wilkinson Oct. 26. He is free on a $50,000 bond.

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