A Baytown, TX pastor stopped an attempted burglary at his church by shooting the 27-year-old intruder in his right shoulder. Pastor Benny Holmes was asleep at the Church of New Beginnings when he was startled by the sound of Lee Marvin Blue, who forced his way into the building. Around 6:15 a.m., Holmes encountered Blue and shot him.
“I commanded him to stop twice, and he didn’t,” Pastor Holmes explained. “So, out of fear for my life, I did what I had to do.”
Surveillance footage gives a clear image of Blue forcing his way into a side door of New Beginnings. According to Holmes, there is no doubt that Blue was robbing the church. He says that he had laptops in his hands.
While Holmes waited with injured Blue, he says that he began to share the Gospel with him.
“I led him through the sinner’s prayer while he was lying on the floor. He repeated the sinner’s prayer after me,” Holmes shared in an interview with a local news station.
“We have church break-ins here in the city of Baytown,” said the pastor’s ex-wife, Pat Holmes. “But ours had never been broken into. Unfortunately today was the day.”
In the past 10 years, Blue has accumulated an extensive criminal history that includes burglary, trespassing, burglary of a vehicle, and assault. In this particular case, he will be charged with burglary of a building.
When officials arrived on the scene, Blue was airlifted to Memorial Herman Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is reportedly in stable condition.
“We’re going to be praying for the victim but at the same time we’re thankful that it wasn’t the pastor,” Pat Holmes said. “He loves the Lord. A man of God cares for his sheep and certainly protects the property.”
Holmes has also aided the community in the past by catching a local thief who was stealing UPS packages from people’s front porches. In September of 2014, the pastor caught the thief, Laurie Ferguson, and held her at gunpoint until officials were on the scene.
“We had several UPS packages that were in front of people’s homes and they were mysteriously disappearing,” Baytown police Detective Luzette Watkins explained. “Pastor Holmes happened to have the camcorder set up in front of his house. He actually caught the lady and restrained her until police could arrive.”
Baytown police do not intend to place any charges against Holmes at this time.