• Tulsa-area churches talk security in light of Texas shooting


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • 26 people were killed in a shooting Sunday at a Texas church.
    • A church in Tulsa said they recently hired an off-duty police officer to provide security.
    • An Owasso church says they have a security team of volunteers consisting mostly of former police officers and military members.


    Tulsa-area churches are talking about security in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Texas.

    On Sunday morning, a man killed at least 26 people and wounded others at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It's the largest mass shooting in the state's history.

    STORY: 26 killed in largest mass shooting in Texas history

    Pastor Justin Graves of Foundations Church in Tulsa said he had just gotten home from church Sunday when he heard the news about the shooting. He said they haven't had any security issues at his church, but noted that they try to stay ahead of any potential problems.

    Graves told FOX23 that the church recently hired a Tulsa police officer to work security on his days off.

    He said no one is prepared for violence to enter a church, but it's important to take steps to prevent anything from happening.

    Graves said no pastor should have to bury members of a congregation in such an unimaginable way.

    In Owasso, the First Baptist Church of Owasso said they have a security team of volunteers at services every Sunday.

    Officials said the team, which is mostly made up of former police officers or military members, focuses on incident prevention and communication.

    Individual volunteers can decide whether or not to concealed carry.

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