GRAND BAY, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile County Sheriff's Office was called to New Welcome Baptist Church on Boe Road August 7 in reference to a tasing and stabbing.
Lori Myles with the Sheriff's Office said a fight broke out when Pastor Daryl Riley told the minister of music, Simone Moore, he was no longer needed for his position and handed him his final check.
Apparently, Moore wasn’t pleased with the amount.
“At that point, the minister of music, Mr. Moore, tased the pastor and then other people got involved, and I think it just escalated from that point,” said Myles.
Several church members were involved in the fight, including Moore's mother, Agolia Moore. She was apparently stabbed by one of the church's deacons, Harvey Hunt.
“When too many emotions get involved and you don’t let the right process follow ... They should have called law enforcement, and they could have handled it from that point,” said Myles.
Kenryton Gray lives just across the street. She said she was sitting in her house with her family when something outside got their attention.
“I heard a lot of hollering, and we looked out the window, and we seen folks running back an forth to the back of the church. And, like I say, it was hot, so I thought somebody might have fell down or something,” said Gray.
Gray has lived next to the church for over 3 years. She said it is a quiet area. She was shocked when she found out what really happened across the street.
“My father went over there a couple times, and he said it was a nice church. So, like I said, I would never have expected nothing from the church ... any church,” said Gray.
Two people were treated and released from a local hospital. Myles said Agolia Moore received several stitches on her arm.
A arrest warrant was issued for Simone Moore on assault charges for tasing Riley. Moore turned himself in late Tuesday night and was released on bond. A warrant was also signed for the arrest of Hunt for stabbing Agolia Moore.
The name Simone Moore may ring a bell. He ran on the democratic ticket for the senate back in 2010. Moore was defeated in the primary.