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Pastor Accidentally Shot And Killed By Son-In-Law

Updated: Monday, June 30 2014, 08:19 PM CDT

It was inside New Hope Baptist Church in Jarrell where Pastor John Warden spent his Sundays. Except this Sunday he never made it.

"At this point we haven't been able to determine any criminal motive or intent and looks like a tragic accident," said Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix.

A tragic accident cops said was caused by his son-in-law -- Jared Priddy. The duo went to the Cedar Park Center on Saturday to attend a gun show. They brought a semi-automatic handgun with them.

"What we do know is that the gun had been unloaded prior because it was brought into the gun show, inspected and tagged as unloaded," added Mannix.

So when the men got back to their car, detectives said Priddy reloaded the gun -- and it went off -- striking Warden. At least one gun expert believes the shooting could have been prevented.

"I'm going to load my loaded magazine into the handgun, release slide and then keep finger off trigger. I'm not going to point gun at anything I don't want to kill or destroy and then holster that firearm," demonstrated Central Texas Gun Works owner Michael Cargill.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how and why the gun fired -- killing the pastor.

The 59-year-old had recently joined New Hope Baptist Church. But comments posted on the church's Facebook page prove he already left a lasting impression.

Priddy has not been charged with any crime.

By Alex Boyer

Pastor Accidentally Shot And Killed By Son-In-Law


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