Protection order issued against man accused of having gun in Limestone church

A temporary order of protection was issued against Thomas Lewter Monday, a day after he was tackled in church.

Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 12:30 PM

A man who Limestone County authorities said tried to pull a gun during a Sunday church service has been ordered to stay away from his estranged wife.

A protection from abuse order was issued Monday against Thomas Zebulun Lewter, 34, and he was ordered to surrender all guns until further notice, according to court documents.

Limestone County authorities said Lewter approached the pulpit at O'Neal Church of Christ Sunday and began talking about his pending divorce. Members of the congregation talked and restrained Lewter after they said he refused to sit down and tried to pull a handgun.

Lewter was charged with making a terrorist threat. Jail records indicate he has bonded out of the Limestone County Jail.

In her affadavit, Lewter's wife said he announced "that he was sorry he was going to have to do what he had to do," before he was approached by church members and restrained. She also claimed in the affadavit her husband made "disturbing but not necessarily threatening" posts on Facebook about the divorce.

A hearing on the protection order is scheduled for July 19 in Limestone County Circuit Court.

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