Arguments about religion don't usually end in fisticuffs. But a Fort Worth Priest says he ended up in the hospital after a fight with Jehovah's Witnesses earlier this week.
Jehovah's Witnesses aren't saying much but neighbors say someone isn't telling the truth. The church, Saint Augustine Mexican Catholic Church, is a tiny neighborhood church located on the 46-hundred block of Blackstone Drive.
The priest, Father John Parnell
, lives in a house in the back of the church. Tuesday, a car with three Jehovah's Witnesses pulled up to the street. Two of them knocked on Father Parnell's door.
Father Parnell's 26 year old daughter answered. Mary Parnell said the Jehovah's Witnesses "talked at her" and that her father "rescued her."
But a fight between the Priest and the Jehovah's Witnesses ended up in the street.
Parnell says the fight was so violent, they tore his shirt. "He grabbed it and tore it this way," Father Parnell said. He also said, they beat him until he passed out. "He sat on top of me until I passed out, completely unconscious."
Harry Dwinell lives down the street from the church. But, he's a Southern Baptist. "I don't have a dog in this hunt." But he was an eyewitness to the fight. "I stood here and watched it happen."
Dwinell says it was actually the priest who attacked the Jehovah's Witnesses. Dwinell said, "Rambo down there commenced to beat on them. I saw the first fist thrown. In fact, he was the only one throwing fist. He was in a fighting mode!"
Father Parnell says he's filing charges. But Fort Worth Police, who do not list him as a victim says, he very well could end up as the suspect.
"You know who's going to hell. He better say that rosary a whole bunch,"