UNION COUNTY, N.C. – A disturbance at a church in Union County led to a man being shot by a deputy on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.
The incident occurred at Oak Grove Baptist Church near 4000 Newton Road.
Deputies responded to calls around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 24 to a man at a residence across the street from an outdoor church service that was taking place.
Christopher Ross, 54, was armed with a knife and was disrupting the service and became verbally abusive towards worshippers while standing at the edge of his gravel driveway.
Deputies tasered Ross unsuccessfully and he engaged officers by fighting, during which one of the deputies fired rounds from his gun striking him. Ross was transported to Atrium Main to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Two deputies were injured during the incident and are also being treated.
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This is the second time this month Ross has become disruptive with churchgoers. Officials responded to calls earlier in May. Ross was aggravated that churchgoers were blowing their horns during portions of the prayer service. The church discontinued that practice following the complaint, and the church moved forward with a public address system.