Pastor Shot and Killed at East Texas Church-Suspect Arrested


WINONA, Texas — Authorities say a pastor has been killed and two other people were injured during a shooting at an East Texas church.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says the suspected gunman was on the run from authorities late Saturday and had hidden in the Starrville Methodist Church near Winona.

Smith says the pastor confronted the man in a church bathroom on Sunday morning. The man shot and killed the pastor, wounded another person and a third was injured in a fall.

The Pastor has been identified as Mark McWlliams.

Pastor Shot Killed East Texas Church
Pastor Mark McWIlliams who was shot and killed at his church Sunday morning.

The shooting suspect fled in the pastor’s vehicle but was later arrested. The suspect was identified as Mytrex Deunte Woolen, of Marshall, Texas. According to police, he was arrested and booked into Smith County Jail on $3.5 Million bond. Smith says he will likely face a capital murder charge.

Pastor Shot Killed East Texas Church

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said his heart is with the victims’ families

“Our hearts are with the victims and the families of those killed or injured in this terrible tragedy. I am grateful for the law enforcement officers who apprehended the suspect, and I ask Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for those affected by this horrific shooting,” Gov. Greg Abbott said.

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