Indiana pastor charged with threatening to shoot neighborhood children

NEW CASTLE, Ind. -- An Indiana pastor is charged with threatening to shoot neighborhood children to keep them away from his church.

The (Muncie) Star Press reported that 69-year-old Bobby Slagle of New Castle’s Calvary Baptist Church is charged with felony intimidation and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement

According to a police report, Slagle said he was frustrated about vandalism at his church in New Castle, 50 miles east of Indianapolis.

New Castle police said Slagle “advised the kids that if they did not get off his property he was going to shoot them.” Police said Slagle raised his shirt, showing the children a revolver in his waist band.

Police then went to Slagle’s home, where he invited officers inside and said there were several kids on the property and he was upset with recent vandalism at the church. He then showed officers the gun, raising his shirt again, CBS affiliate WTTV reported.

The report said Slagle struggled with arresting officers. 

Slagle said he had a lifetime carry permit and told officers “it was his right to tell the kids” what he had told them, WTTV reported. 

According to WTTV, police said Slagle’s gun contained “four live rounds” of ammunition when they took him into custody.

He waived his right to an initial hearing. A judge entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.