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Amarillo Police Investigating Incident at Faith City Mission

One man is in the hospital and another is in jail after an officer-involved shooting at Faith City Mission.

According to Amarillo Police, nearly 100 people were in the chapel during what they first thought was a hostage situation.

In a surprising twist, the man shot by police, according to an initial investigation, was not the suspect. 

Upon later investigation, APD found the man holding the weapon had earlier wrestled the firearm away from the original suspect. 

The incident happened around 9 a.m. at Faith City Mission.

It all began when responding officers entered at two different entryways of the building. They came in contact with a man they said had a gun in his hand. 

One or more officers then fired shots at the man. 

He was taken to the hospital by ambulance and we're told his injuries are non-life-threatening and he remains hospitalized. 

No one else was hit by gunfire. 

One witness said when he heard there was a gun in the building, he tried to get as many people in the sound room as possible because he knew it locked from the outside. 

He said from there people started praying. He went outside to try to protect more people.

"Right as I went outside, the guy was standing right in front of me with the pistol ... so I shut the door behind me so it'd lock. And then he said I want everybody in the chapel, so as soon as he started saying that, I opened the door of the outside and I ran out because I wasn't going to be a hostage," said one witness.

Although some inside Faith City Mission know the man who was shot, police have not released his name.

Due to the incident, many at Faith City Mission were displaced.

The non-profit called the Salvation Army asking them to take in some of the people who stay there.

Meals were provided by the Salvation Army to accommodate the extra people.  

Police said the information we have now is very early in the investigation. 

We now know the name of the man taken into custody at the scene.

He is Joshua Len Jones, 35. 

He was booked into the Potter County Detention Center for six charges of aggravated kidnapping. 

More details are expected to be available at a later time. 

 


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