By Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2021

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Disturbing a religious service is one of six charges filed against a man who authorities said fired at police several times earlier this month and set his home on fire.

Christopher Gaskins fired at police more than 10 times in Florence County, twice striking an armored vehicle which had been positioned between his home and the Coward Church of God, which was holding services on Feb. 17.

Gaskins suffered minor injuries in the gunfight with police, while no officers or people at the church were injured, investigators said.

Gaskins‘ wife called 911 after he left her a voice mail saying he was going to bun their home and she would have a lot of death on her hands because he was armed and waiting for police, according to arrest warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division.

Gaskins set the home on fire during the standoff, authorities said.

Gaskins, 49 is charged with attempted murder, two counts of arson, discharging a firearm into a vehicle and a weapon possession charge along with disturbing a religious service.

It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

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