Angier church: Pastor shot son-in-law in self defense
Posted October 12, 2013
Updated October 14, 2013
Angier, N.C. — Harnett County authorities say a Raleigh man was fatally shot by his father-in-law Saturday morning at a home near Angier during what initially was reported to authorities as a domestic disturbance.
Sheriff's deputies received a report shortly before 11 a.m. of someone communicating threats at a home at 11378 N.C. Highway 210 North. Six minutes later, they received another call in which emergency dispatchers learned that the caller had shot Christian Lamar Griggs.
Griggs, 23, of 19530 Colbert Creek Loop, was pronounced dead at WakeMed.
The shooter, investigators said, lives at the house and was present when deputies arrived.
No charges had been filed against Pat Chisenhall as of Monday, authorities said.
Property records show that Chisenhall and his wife own the home at the address where Saturday's shooting occurred.
Members of the Abundant Life Worship Center in Angier, which Chisenhall founded 25 years ago, said they were "heartbroken" but that their pastor acted in self-defense.
"The son-in-law tried to break into the house, threaten them," said Gary Adcock, a church member of 23 years. "He had no other recourse but to do what he did."
Adcock said Griggs and his wife had recently separated and that she moved back home. The Chisenhall family, he said, filed for a restraining order against Griggs on Friday.
Adcock said Griggs was also a part of the church family.
"He was a young, energetic, great guy. He had a great personality. Something just snapped," Adcock said. "Actually he was baptized (here) three weeks ago."