In the middle of the night on Friday, Pastor Brooks, who lives with his young family in the basement of the church, was awakened by a ruckus outside, so he got up to see what was going on.
“He was at this door trying to beat into it and pull on it, and I came around the corner (and) was standing down there in the parking lot addressing him,” Brooks said.
But Austin Stokes would not respond to the pastor’s commands to stop, so Brooks pulled his gun.
“The only thing I actually heard him say — when he saw the laser — was ‘Oh, no,’ and then he began to comply,” Brooks said. “I didn’t know what he was, I didn’t know what he was capable of doing and I knew with family downstairs, I wanted to keep them safe.”
Orem police arrived within a couple of minutes and Stokes was taken to jail on charges of intoxication and dealing prescription drugs. Pastors Brooks says he has forgiven Stokes for the frightening situation he caused his family.
Read the rest of Sam Penrod’s report at KSL Utah