Police: Deacon-on-deacon violence breaks out at church service

SEATTLE -- A Sunday-morning service at a church in Judkins Park was momentarily interrupted March 23 when the head deacon began choking a fellow deacon, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim, who has been a deacon with the church in the 900 block of 25th Avenue South for 10 years, was preparing for the 10 a.m. service with the other deacons and the minister when the head deacon started giving him orders on how to do his job.

The two deacons stepped behind a curtain at the front of the church while services were going on, and the victim told the head deacon he has been a deacon for 10 years and knows how to do his job.

According to the report, the head deacon felt the victim was disrespecting him and became angry. He reportedly grabbed the victim by the collar of his robe, put a hand on his neck and started choking him.

The head deacon let go of the victim when a number of people came to see what was happening, and the victim left the church and went home, according to the report.

The victim didn't report the assault until March 28, telling officers he was too busy studying for finals to call 911 any sooner. He said he wanted the incident documented in case something happened in the future.