An Iowa pastor has been arrested and charged after he allegedly shot at a car containing three of his children.
Rev. Michael Deavon Cameron, 44, of Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested early Friday morning after police said he chased down and then fired a gun at a car containing several of his children while near an intersection.
Police said that Michael, a pastor at Revival Center Church of God in Christ, told them that the incident occurred while he was attempting to protect his daughter from an abusive relationship with her boyfriend.
Three of Michael’s 12 children — his daughter and two juvenile sons — were said to have been in the car that Michael was chasing and then allegedly shot at.
Michael’s wife, Shawnice Cameron, 42, confirmed her husband’s claim, telling the Des Moines Register that Michael went to his daughter’s boyfriend’s house that night ‘to make sure this boy’s not beating (his daughter) up and he ends up in jail.’
Shawnice said that Michael’s daughter, who has not been named, was staying at her boyfriend’s home and that his daughter had told another family member that she was going to be assaulted, prompting Michael’s late night trip.
The scene of the alleged shooting early Friday night as seen in a video captured by one of Michael’s relatives after police arrived
Michael (pictured here with wife, Shawnice), is a pastor at Revival Center Church of God in Christ. He has 12 children, three of whom were in the car during the alleged shooting
Shawnice denied that Michael shot at the car and said that he had gone out that night to protect his daughter, who was in the car, from an abusive relationship with her boyfriend
Police found two legally-owned guns and a spent bullet casing inside Michael’s car. His wife claimed that the bullet casing is old and that he wouldn’t have fired a gun in his kids’ direction
One of Michael’s family members, who was at the scene when police arrived, told KCCI that Michael was trying to stop his daughter from ‘getting into a fight’ and that ‘He came to pick her up.’
Police said that two legally-owned guns and a spent bullet casing were found inside Michael’s car, but Shawnice claimed that the bullet casing was old and not from Friday’s alleged shooting.
Shawnice also denied that Michael had fired a gun that night and claimed that he wouldn’t have shot in the direction of his children. She also said that neither of her sons who were in the car said that that they had heard a gun being fired at them and that the daughter has not yet made a police report.
Police said Michael’s daughter has not ‘been interested in being a victim.’
Michael was booked into Polk County Jail at about 2am Friday and released that afternoon, according to the Des Moines Register.
Michael faces two counts of child endangerment – substantial risk; domestic abuse assault display or use of a weapon – first offense; and intimidation with a dangerous weapon – injury/provoke fear.
He has had a no-contact order placed between himself and his three children involved in the incident and is due in court on March 4.
Source: Daily Mail