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Pastor dead in US church shooting

Officer Ralph Timmins describes what happened at the First Baptist Church in Maryville

A pastor has been killed and other people hurt in a shooting at a church in the US state of Illinois, according to state police.

The gunman walked into a service at the First Baptist Church in Maryville and exchanged words with the pastor before shooting, officer Ralph Timmins said.

His gun then jammed and the man pulled out a knife and began stabbing himself with it, Mr Timmins said.

The suspected attacker is said to be in custody and receiving treatment.

Mr Timmins said the man had walked down the aisle during an early morning service on Sunday and had shot Pastor Fred Winters once.

Mr Winters died in a nearby hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Two members of the congregation were injured while trying to subdue the man after he produced the knife, Mr Timmins said.

Maryville is about 20 miles (30km) north-east of St Louis, Missouri.

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