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Pittsburgh-area gunman filmed targeting priest accused of homicide in separate case

Pittsburgh-area gunman filmed targeting priest accused of homicide in separate case

NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. (KDKA) — The man accused of trying to shoot a pastor at a Pennsylvania church has been charged with homicide after another person was found shot to death in his home.

Bernard Polite, 26, of Braddock, was charged with homicide Tuesday, according to court documents. Allegheny County Police said officers found Derek Polite, 56, shot dead inside a home along Stokes Avenue in North Braddock.

Police said Bernard Polite lived in the home, located just down the street from Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church, where earlier Sunday, Polite allegedly tried to shoot a pastor in the middle of the sermon. Bernard Polite was already accused of attempted homicide in connection with this incident.

The moment Polite targeted the pastor was filmed. The video shows Polite approaching and aiming at the pastor. Police said the gun failed to discharge. A deacon then jumped up and tackled Polite.

A video taken by the church deacon and posted online by the pastor shows the moment the pastor suddenly finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun. As the pastor moved away, a deacon jumped up and attacked Polite. Together, they managed to subdue and disarm Polite, detaining him until police arrived.

Allegheny County police are expected to hold a news conference around 5 p.m. regarding the death of Derek Polite.