Kentucky Man Stabs Father During Visit to Baptist Church

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A Kentucky man stabbed his father with a knife as they were visiting a Baptist church on Sunday.

Ethan Buckley, 21, has been charged with first-degree assault and domestic violence after stabbing his father, David Buckley, 40, in the neck at Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green.

The two had been visiting the church when suddenly the younger Buckley pulled out a knife, reportedly being “moved by the message.” He told police that he had been having thoughts of killing his father, and that when he stabbed him with a pocket knife during the service, he sought to go for the jugular so his father’s death would be painless.

“I was praying at the altar when I heard a commotion,” member Brent Duvall told the Bowling Green Daily News. “I thought it was someone going into cardiac arrest or a seizure.”

Member Chris Allen, who saw the attack unfold from the balcony, told local television station WBKO that he called out “knife” to alert others in the service.

Several security officers immediately tackled Buckley, including co-pastor Jamie Ward. Some members, being frightened, ran for the door.

“Everybody went into immediate action,” member Pam Merry told reporters. “My first thought was to make sure my grandson was safe.”

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Buckley was taken into custody, but was “very combative” in the process. He is being held in Warren County Regional Jail at $500,000 bail and is expected to appear for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

The father, David Buckley, was transported to The Medical Center at Bowling Green, and while his condition is unknown, he survived the attack.

The 11 a.m. service was canceled and the sanctuary was cleared following the bloody assault. Members hugged each other and cried as they processed what had just taken place.

“I’m still really shaken up. Church is the one place you think that you’d be safe,” said member Ashlyn Rice. “Now I don’t even know what to think.”

“It’s a lost and fallen world we live in,” Duvall stated. “It shouldn’t surprise us.”

Police have described the stabbing as an isolated domestic incident.


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  • Robert

    What is that bible verse about causing anguish in one’s child.. a blatant example of what can happen when we go against gods word.

  • Robert

    A story about this originally implied the father kept badgering his Son to go up and pray at the alter.that’s the story I am replying to.

  • Robert

    And No I’m not saying bringing your kid to a Baptist church is a good excuse for them to try and kill you. Unless of course the Baptist preachers sermon seems to be endless.

  • Robert

    This story reminds me of the Two kids talking about their pastors one kid said when my pastor talks about sin and he’ll you can almost feel the fire and brim stone .the second kid says that ain’t nothin when my pastor talks you wish you were in he’ll.

  • Robert

    Not sure what happened to the story about the two kids sticken up for their pastors yet any way this story reminded me of it..not sure why though ..

  • Gena B

    From a spiritual perspective church is not out of bounds for Satan or his demons, and you can expect any attack on Christians is orchestrated from the dark side.

  • Chet

    Wow. This is crazy stuff. Hopefully this little punk is now getting used to life behind bars and in between jailhouse occurrences, he can seek the Lord for his forgiveness. Then, onto his dad and family.