Suspect Enters Church and Demands Money; Gets Bullet Instead

Police in Dothan, Alabama, say a suspect entered a church Sunday night and demanded money–but received a bullet “in the upper torso” instead.

The suspect was pronounced dead early Monday morning.

According to the Dothan Eagle, Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish described a scene where “two church employees” were in Crossroads Baptist Church at the time the suspect, Steffon Parreese Valentez Tolver, approached. A third church employee “had left the premises to run an errand, and arrived back after [Tolver] had entered into the church.”

Parrish says Tolver allegedly entered through the back door of the church and robbed one of the three people of $50. He was demanding money from a second individual when he was shot with a “personal handgun.” Tolver fled the scene, only to collapse outside the building. He was pronounced dead just before 1:20 a.m. Monday morning.

In April 2010, Tolver was arrested and “charged with robbing a person in the parking lot of an apartment complex near South Edgewood Street.” The investigation revealed he used a “toy gun” in the robbery. During trial for the 2010 robbery, Tolver’s attorney revealed that his client also had charges stemming from a crime committed at age 12.

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