INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) - Police say an autopsy is planned for a man who created a violent disturbance in an upstate New York church and then died after being restrained by witnesses.
Parishioners told the State Police that the man, identified as 44-year-old Jason Berg, entered St. Mary’s Church in Indian Lake during an afternoon service Saturday. He reportedly shouted obscenities and threw objects at churchgoers and began advancing toward the church’s priest before being restrained.
Police say Berg was armed with a loaded pistol.
Berg, a local resident, initially resisted the parishioners who sought to subdue and disarm him, but then he became unresponsive.
Paramedics tried to revive Berg by administering CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Albany.
Two churchgoers were injured when Berg began throwing objects. They were taken to the hospital for treatment and have been released.
Several churchgoers told authorities they heard what sounded like muffled gunshots before Berg entered the church, but a search found no evidence of that, the state police said.
Berg also was found to be carrying extra ammunition and a pocket knife.
The incident remained under investigation Sunday.
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