Police: Man in custody after disturbance at Richmond church
Richmond, Va. — Police say a man has been taken into custody for evaluation after he threatened worshippers at a south Richmond church.
Richmond Police Capt. Chris Gleason told the Richmond Times Dispatch the man was beating on a door at United Nations Church International on Thursday night with a piece of plastic.
A member of the black church told the newspaper the man, who was white, was yelling racial slurs and making threats.
Gleason says a police officer who was working security responded and called for backup. He says the man was taken into custody under an emergency commitment order and will be evaluated at a hospital.
The incident comes a day after authorities say a white gunman opened fire at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people in an incident that’s being investigated as a hate crime.