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UPDATED: Tacoma pastor stabbed; search on for parishioner

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 11, 2012 at 5:53 am |
April 11, 2012 1:20 pm

UPDATED at 1:15 p.m.

Tacoma police are searching for a parishioner of the Slavic Christian Center who allegedly stabbed the pastor Tuesday night.

The pastor’s injuries were considered non-life threatening, Tacoma police reported. He was treated at St. Joseph Medical Center and released late Tuesday.

The assault occurred about 8:30 p.m. at the church, 2014 S. 15th St.

According to police, the suspect arrived at the church during the middle of a service and requested to speak with the pastor. When the man was told he’d have to wait, the man said he’d interrupt the service if he needed to.

The pastor was summoned and the two went to the office to talk, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Within minutes, the suspect punched the pastor in the face. As the pastor reached for the phone to call police, the parishioner allegedly stabbed the pastor in the back.

The suspect, described as in his late 20s, left the church, Fulghum said.

Officers checked the area and went to the house where he’d been staying but didn’t find him, Fulghum said.

The suspect apparently had been receiving counseling for marital difficulties from the pastor.

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