Man arrested for breaking and entering Shiloh Baptist Church

On July 4, 2022, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Miller County Deputies responded to a break-in service call at the Shiloh Baptist Church located on Highway 82 East. Reports have indicated that a Caucasian suspect armed with a shotgun approached a female subject in the church parking lot to ask her to let him into the church.

After the female subject refused, he then turned away from her and discharged the shotgun into the air. The suspect then forced his way into the church through a window. Deputies arrived at the scene and observed a Polaris Ranger UTV parked near the cemetery. Deputies then entered the church and encountered the suspect who was armed with a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.

Deputies ordered the suspect to lay down his arms, after a brief hesitation from the suspect he complied. Deputies then took the suspect into custody without further incident. The suspect has been identified as Brandon Hammett, 33, who also allegedly stole a Cass County vehicle that was recovered. Mr. Hammett is also suspected of stealing another vehicle that was parked at Pro 1 Transmission located on Highway 82 earlier today.

Mr. Hammett is currently being held at the Miller County Detention Center pending his first court appearance. No bond has been set at this time.

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