A pastor who caught two men stealing copper shot at them as they drove towards him to get away and when they passed he continued shooting hitting one of them twice in the back of the head.

I hope a jury throws this out.

The Algiers pastor arrested in a shooting outside his church struck a fleeing copper thief twice in the back of the head, an arrest warrant obtained Friday says.

At first, the truck carrying two men drove toward the Rev. W.L.T. Littleton, so Littleton opened fire, the warrant says. But he kept shooting after the truck passed, the warrant says, which is the basis for a charge of aggravated battery.

The man struck in the head, Rodney Mitchell, 50, was in serious condition at an area hospital. The driver of the truck, Joseph Cross, 34, was booked on a copper theft charge.

Littleton, 62, a former New Orleans police officer and a local radio personality, was not immediately arrested after the shooting Wednesday. He was questioned by NOPD after turning over his gun. But he was allowed to go home, and turned himself in about 24 hours after the shooting.

Police said Littleton spotted the suspicious men outside the Greater Morning Star Baptist Church on Vallette Street around 4:20 p.m. He got his semi-automatic pistol from his SUV and confronted the two men, Littleton told police.

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  1. bogsidebunny says:

    Yup, even though in the moment of fear & panic, if you nail someone in the back the chances are good you’ll be bunkin in the slammer.

    It’s too bad and maybe the pastor’s chances of being found not guilty, though slim, will pan out.

  2. bobf says:

    This scum stealing copper and other metals from homes, businesses, and churches need to be shot on the spot. They’re noting but the scum of the earth and don’t deserve to breath free air.

  3. Leonard Jones says:

    You have to be very careful these days! On cannot keep shooting the fuckers
    no matter how upset you are if the bad guys are fleeing. It is easy to get caught
    up in the moment, but it could cost you the rest of your life.

  4. TomR,armed in Texas says:

    In Texas we can shoot at a fleeing theif if he is still on our propert. Thanks to Catle Law our vehicles are now considered part of our home and we can carry in our vehicle without a concealed carry license and we can shoot at a fleeing car theif even off our property.

    If this is in Louisiana, it may be a grand jury will no bill him. Hopefully.

  5. Kenneth A. Lee says:

    Low-lifes for sure, but not sure anyone was in danger for their life.
    If they ran at him, sure. How many times have the cops shot someone in a car multiple times when the car was ran after them. If you can get out of the way, do it, then get lic. # and let the cops handle it.

  6. Dan says:

    Badgemonkeys do this shit all the time and get commendations for bravery.
    Some animals are just more equal than others….especially pigs.

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