The Nashville pastor speaks after killing gunman: ‘God gave me the strength’

Nashville Pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana tackled a man waving a gun during his service at Light Mission Pentecostal Church on Sunday. Ndikumana, who is hailed as a hero for his actions, believed he was facing death.

On “Fox & Friends First”, Ndikumana explained through a translator what was going through his head when he saw the man pull out a gun.

“I saw we were already dead,” he said. “In my mind I thought there was nothing else to do but there was only either leave or die.”

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Ndikumana’s translator, Nzojibugami “Noah” Noe, attended Light Mission Pentecostal Church and attended the event.

Something said he thanked God for Ndikumana’s bravery on Sunday morning.

Dezire Baganda is charged with 15 counts of aggravated assault after pulling a gun in a church in North Nashville on Sunday.  (Photo: MNPD)

Dezire Baganda is charged with 15 counts of aggravated assault after pulling a gun in a church in North Nashville on Sunday. (Photo: MNPD)
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“It was – honestly, it was incredible because it was something I never expected,” Something told Fox News’ Carley Shimkus. “I was shocked myself, and then saw my pastor go behind him. It was just brave.”

Ndikumana gives God the credit for giving him the ability to take down the armed man and protect his congregation.

“God gave me the strength to do that, because if someone is already pointing a gun at you that way, there’s probably nothing else to do.”

The suspect, 26-year-old Dezire Baganda, was charged with 15 counts of aggravated assault and 42 new verdicts have been issued against him after the incident.

Ndikumana tackled Baganda from behind and was able to hold him down until law enforcement arrived and took him into custody.

Someone said he had seen Baganda before, but he does not know him personally.

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“I’ve seen him a few times because we want to go to play football sometimes,” Noe said.

“But we do not know, and we do not understand why he would do such a thing.”

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