Crime & Courts

Former pastor kills self when deputies attempt to serve arrest warrants

A former pastor who was about to be arrested on child sex charges committed suicide on Saturday after deputies arrived at his house to take him into custody.

Michael Reece Mullis shot himself with a .357 magnum pistol on Saturday, according to a Rowan Sheriff’s Office press release.

He had been charged with multiple sex offenses and warrants had been issued by the Concord Police Department for his arrest. According to WSOC-TV, Mullis was the former pastor at Near Calvary Baptist Church in Concord and the arrest warrants were for taking indecent liberties with a child.

On Saturday, Rowan Sheriff’s deputies went to Mullis’ house on James Drive in Rockwell. Mullis came to the door in his pajamas, and when he was told of the warrants for his arrest, he asked if he could put his shoes on.

While one deputy remained with Mullis’ wife, a second accompanied Mullis to the master bedroom. Once inside, deputies say, Mullis bolted for the master bathroom and tried to slam the door shut.

The deputy was able to push the bathroom door open, and when he did, he saw Mullis with the pistol. Mullis shot himself in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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