The faithful were gathered inside Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, on Monday morning when police, who were in pursuit of a burglary suspect who had hidden himself in a shed on the premises, arrived and reportedly surrounded the campus with their guns drawn.
Authorities immediately called for the church to be evacuated after Cody Buthman, 23, reportedly ran through the house of worship and interrupted an adult Bible study that was in progress before hiding in a storage shed; the incident lasted nearly one hour.
Despite the chaotic nature of the situation, Pastor Ryan Rush said that it was handled with calm and order, as church members complied with police orders and followed the safety protocols that the house of worship had in place, KPRC-TV reported.
"We locked down the building right away. He ended up in a shed in the back and a K9 unit found him," Rush told the outlet. "We have protocols for safety and security. [Buthman] never came near anyone and no one was ever in danger."
The suspect was arrested around 9:30 a.m. on the premises and was subsequently charged with burglary of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.
Police said that Buthman didn't become a suspect until he approached them on Monday and asked what was going on following a series of car thefts in the neighborhood.
It was then that authorities noticed that he resembled the suspect observed in , began questioning him — and then a chase ensued before Buthman ended up at Kingsland Baptist Church and landed himself behind bars.