Just before Christmas, police used Holy Trinity Lutheran, Wytheville, Va., as a command post for an eight-hour standoff with an armed Tennessee man who held three hostages in a post office across the street from the church.
"It was kind of unnerving to see a sniper gun sticking out the church door," said Steven Ridenhour, pastor.
Officers blocked off and evacuated a three-block area around the post office and used Sunday school rooms and the fellowship hall as a command post.
No one was injured, and the man who court records said had "growing anger toward the federal government about a variety of issues" was taken into custody.
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