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Preacher subdued with stun gun after struggle at church

August 26, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say they used a stun gun on a Massachusetts preacher because he was interfering in a child custody case.

Worcester police responded to the Cornerstone Baptist Church on Sunday night.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that when officers arrived, 55-year-old Joseph Rizzuti blocked them from speaking to a woman and slammed the door into officers as they followed him.

Police say they used the stun gun to gain control over Rizzuti during a struggle inside the church. He faces several charges including battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Rizzuti on the church’s Facebook page said after advising a church member to go home with her children if police were not detaining her, police turned their “rage” on him for “standing up for woman and child being bullied.”


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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