Authorities: Man shoots church pastors, kills wife

September 19, 2011 - 8:50 AM
Florida Church Shooting

Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Lakeland, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. A gunman killed his wife at their Florida home and then burst through the front door of a nearby church on Sunday, wounding a pastor and associate pastor before parishioners tackled him, authorities and relatives said. The suspect, 57-year-old Jeremiah Fogle, killed one person at a home about a block away from the church before shooting the pastors, the Polk County Sheriff's office said. The two men, pastor William Boss and associate pastor Carl Stewart, were in critical condition. No other church members were hurt. Maria Beauford said the slain woman was her sister, 56-year-old Theresa Fogle. The Fogles married in 2002 and had been members of Greater Faith Christian Center Church, where the shootings happened, but had started their own ministry out of their house and regularly hosted Sunday services, Beauford said. (AP Photo/The Lakeland Ledger, Pierre DuCharme)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A man who stormed into a central Florida church and shot and wounded two ministers is set to appear in court.

Jeremiah Fogle is charged with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder after Sunday's shootings at a Lakeland church. He's also accused of killing his wife at the couple's home before he opened fire at the Greater Faith Christian Center Church.

Fogle is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

It's not known what led to the shootings. The church's pastor and associate pastor were shot from behind as they led their congregation in prayer. Both remain hospitalized.

Fogle, with a white bandage around his head, refused to speak with television reporters Sunday night as Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives led him to a patrol car.