Man Who Fatally Beat Pastor Didn't Back Down: Police

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    A crowd gathers outside of the Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church in Forest Hill.

    A man who fatally beat a Fort Worth-area pastor tried to prevent officers from entering the church and continued the attack -- despite being ordered at gunpoint to stop.

    That's according to a police report obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Beloved Pastor Killed

    [DFW] Beloved Pastor Killed
    Forest Hill police are investigating the death of Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. killed in an attack at the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church Monday afternoon. Police say the suspect rammed a car into the church and beat Kirk with an electric guitar, he died a short time later in police custody. (Published Monday, Oct 29, 2012)

    The Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. died Oct. 29 after being beaten with an electric guitar at Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church in Forest Hill. Police say Derrick Birdow drove his car into a church wall before the attack.

    The police report says an officer used a stun gun to stop Birdow. The report says the officer had to use the stun gun two or three more times before Birdow could be handcuffed.

    Slain Pastor Remembered at Vigil

    [DFW] Slain Pastor Remembered at Vigil
    Hundreds of mourners and the slain pastor's family filled Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church's parking lot to remember Danny Kirk Sr. The suspect's widow, a member of the congregation, also attended the vigil. (Published Friday, Nov 2, 2012)

    Birdow was found unresponsive in a patrol car and later was pronounced dead.