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Churchgoers overpower gun-toting cyclist

George Mills · 16 Jul 2013, 12:51

Published: 16 Jul 2013 12:51 GMT+02:00

The interloper wheeled his way into the Church of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in the district of Sangonera la Verde in Spain's south-eastern Murcia province.

His mid-mass mass caused minor panic among a number of parishioners, but not everyone was overcome by the event.  

One group of daring women stepped in to relive the visitor of his weapon.

The man then jumped onto the church's altar and demanded his gun be returned to him.

Again, people power was on display as another worshipper overpowered the distressed individual.

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Back up arrived soon after in the form of eight Civil Guard and police vehicles. The agents then entered the church in bullet proof jackets to remove the man.

He was treated by doctors, receiving psychiatric medication, the local town hall reported on its website.

George Mills (george.mills@thelocal.com)

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