Man pursued by police runs into church, taken into custody

A man who was being followed by police met the First United Methodist Church between services in Oak Ridge on Sunday morning and, according to witnesses and the church, canceled the services. The man was later caught and no one was injured, the Church reported.

There were reports of a large police presence in the church, including the Oak Ridge Police Department and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, and the building was reportedly evacuated.

The man came in as the churchgoers left the service at 10 a.m. The church service at 11 a.m. and the worship on the lawn at 1 p.m. were canceled as the building was still being searched and cleared, the church said.

One reader reported that he was holding a church door open for his girlfriend when the man nearly ran over her at the end of the service at 10 a.m.

The church reported later on Sunday that the incident had ended peacefully. The fugitive was in police custody and the church facility was safe, FUMC said.

Oak Ridge Today has requested more information from the Oak Ridge Police Department and we will update this story as the information becomes available.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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