July 22, 2013: NORWOOD, Mo. – Earnest J. Smith, 48- years-of-age was arrested today and faces five separate felony charges after Police say he fired two shots inside the Norwood First Baptist Church during Sunday morning services.
Earnest Smith is being held in the Wright County Jail on $250,000 cash only bond. Prosecutors have charged Smith with first-degree assault, shooting a firearm from a building, unlawful use of a weapon, making a terrorist threat and armed criminal action. According to authorities, Earnest Smith had made previous threats in the past to kill the pastor and members of the church. People attending the church at the time had tackled Smith and held him until deputies could arrive. Thank God for courages church members who take safety and security seriously!