Man Detained For Bringing Guns to Bellevue Baptist Church In Memphis

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The Memphis Police Department has arrested 31-year-old Marcus Donald for bringing multiple weapons into Bellevue Baptist Church on Sunday morning.

MPD said Donald brought “a loaded 40 caliber Beretta in the pocket of his pants and a 300 Black Out Assault Rifle in a backpack.”

Donald told police “people in society are a threat to him and that he must be vigilant.”

Donald was arrested for Emergency Commitment and is currently being evaluated by police.

Update at 1:10 p.m.: 

FOX13 reached out to Bellevue Baptist Church for comment on the situation. We were told the incident occurred around the time of the 11 a.m. service.

“We are thankful for the diligence of (our) security and the Memphis Police Department,” said Jim Barnwell, Bellevue Baptist Church, Director of Communication Services.

Barnwell says an estimated 4,500 people were at the church at the time the armed man with two guns and extra ammo entered the church campus.

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