MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A fight broke out at a Macon church Monday night at the Greater Bellevue Baptist Church.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says more than 200 people were in the room.
It happened during a meeting in which the congregation aimed to vote on who would lead the church.
They would either keep the pastor or void his contract.
The church asked deputies to be there because of the tension the process had already created in the congregation.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says some parishioners became irate, and as the tension went up in the room, the church decided to vote at a later date and ended the meeting.
Fights broke out, and the three deputies initially at the scene went from fight to fight, trying to keep the peace.
They did not want to stop and arrest anyone because other fights were going on in the room.
Sgt. Linda Howard with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says it’s a matter of safety for both the people and other deputies in the room.
If a deputy stops to arrest someone, their attention is focused solely on that task, and could jeopardize the safety of others in the room.
Also, a deputy has to worry about running into a crowd of people because he or she is armed.
Someone in the fight could grab the gun and use it.
Everyone was asked to leave and more deputies responded to help with crowd control and dismissal.
No one was reported injured during the incident.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
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