Amarillo police shoot man at Faith City Mission: Suspect identified, shooting victim in stable condition


Update: APD Special Crimes investigators are continuing to review evidence and interview many witnesses that were present during this incident.

The man taken into custody at the scene has been identified as 35 year old Joshua Len Jones of Amarillo.  Jones was booked into the Potter County Detention Center for six charges of aggravated kidnapping.

The man that was shot by an APD officer remains hospitalized and his wounds are not believed to be life threatening. Faith City Mission Executive Director Jena Taylor confirmed that the man shot by police was a student at the organization and has wrestled the gun away from the suspect.

“Members of the security team took the gunman down and one of our students was able to wrestle the gun away. One of our staff members visited the student that was shot and he is resting well after surgery.

"Our thoughts are with our injured student and we praise God for His protection while honoring the heroic actions of our security team, students and everyone else involved – which prevented the situation from becoming far worse," Taylor said in a statement.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Original Story: On Wednesday morning, Amarillo police officers were sent to the Faith City Mission located at 401 SE 2nd Ave.

The initial call indicated that an armed suspect was holding approximately 100 people hostage in the chapel. Investigators believe that responding officers entered at two different entrances to the building.

Officers came into contact with a man that had a gun in his hand. One or more officers fired shots at the man.

The man was hit by shots from one of the officers and taken to a local the hospital by ambulance. His condition is not known at this time.

No other persons were hit by gunfire.

Investigators believe the man the officer shot had been in a struggle with the original suspect and took the gun away from the suspect. The initial suspect has been taken into custody and is not injured.

We will have details as they become available.

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