Shooter at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Stopped by Good Guy with Gun

From left, Police Chief Troy Finner, Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, Mayor John Whitmi
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A shooter at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was reportedly stopped by a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy working security at the church Sunday morning.

Update: Around 4 p.m. Central Time ABC News reported that Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez “corrected an earlier statement claiming it was a sheriff’s deputy that fired the shot.” Gonzalez now says the shooter was stopped when “other agencies fired.”

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez responded to news of the shooting with an X post saying, “It is believed that a possible shooter is down, shot by one of our deputy’s on-scene. I’m enroute to the scene.”

Click2Houston reported the shooter allegedly opened fire in the church lobby. The outlet noted that witnesses indicated “the shooter was possibly a female.”

Video posted by The Claims Investigator captured the sound of the gunshots:

Gonzalez explained that a number of his deputies work at the church on Sundays as an “extra job,” which explains why the deputy was present to stop the incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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