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Athens man arrested for reaching for gun at church

Worshipers were able to tackle the man

Posted: Jul. 8, 2018 4:29 PM
Updated: Jul. 8, 2018 11:37 PM

In Limestone County, deputies arrested a man who tried to pull a gun at a church in the Owens community.

It happened today at O’Neal Church of Christ.

Thomas Lewter has been charged with making a terrorist threat.

The sheriff’s office tells us a retired deputy handcuffed Lewter after worshipers collectively tackled him as he reached for his gun.

Investigators say Lewter went up to the pulpit complaining about a pending divorce.

He specifically complained about his wife and father.

Both were attending the church service.

Lewter was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital for evaluation, but he is now being held at the Limestone County Detention Center.

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