“A former church maintenance worker who was shot by an armed pastor during the worker’s termination meeting has been charged with attempted murder, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office obtained a felony warrant for Benjamin Parangan, Jr. Deputies said this is in addition to his assault charge from Tuesday night.
Living Water Fellowship Church Pastor Terry Howell was meeting with maintenance worker Benjamin Parangan, 47, to fire him Tuesday morning when a shootout erupted between the two.
During the meeting, church employees told deputies they saw Parangan take out a handgun and shoot at Howell several times, but none of the bullets hit Howell.
Deputies said Howell returned fire with his own weapon and hit Parangan.
They said the shooting is being investigated as a case of self-defense.
Living Water Fellowship church leaders turned to Facebook on Tuesday night to cancel the church’s New Year’s Eve party due to the shooting.
“Due to today’s incident, our New Year’s Eve service has been canceled,” read the message. “Please continue to keep everyone in prayer.”
Parangan was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center, where he’s listed in stable condition. When released from the hospital, Parangan will be booked into the Osceola County Jail, deputies said Wednesday.”