Man accused of pulling gun inside Nashville church to undergo psychological evaluation

Posted at 9:12 AM, Nov 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-10 12:45:04-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The man accused of pulling a gun inside a Nashville church will undergo a psychological evaluation as his case moves forward.

Metro Nashville police said 26-year-old Dezire Baganda is facing 57 counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after the incident unfolded inside Light Mission Pentecostal Church on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Baganda was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. A judge also appointed him a public defender. He will be back in court on Dec. 7.

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Police said Baganda pulled a gun out and walked up to the altar, where the pastor was praying with several members. Baganda reportedly told everyone to get up while he waved and pointed the handgun towards the congregation.

The church's pastor, Ezekiel Ndikumana, acted quickly — tackling Baganda to the ground.

"I came to a moment where I was confused or didn't understand what just happened," said Ndikumana. "I said to myself we are already dead."

Watch surveillance video below:

Video: Suspect pulls gun during North Nashville church service, disarmed by pastor

According to Ndikumana, even though Baganda was not a member of the church, he had attended services there before.

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