Man arrested after shoving Nashville churchgoers during communion, fighting officer

    Christopher Holmes-Metro Nashville Police

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Nashville man is behind bars after entering a church while drunk then pushing worshipers out of his way during Communion.

    According to the arrest affidavit for Christopher Holmes, officers were dispatched to Assumption Church on 1227 7th Avenue North after employees called police because Holmes was causing issues and refused to leave.

    Upon arrival, employees notified police Holmes had a trespass waiver on file and asked him to leave but he refused. Since there was only 10 minutes left in the service and Holmes had calmed down, employees asked police to let the service finish but stand by in case he became rowdy again.

    During Communion, police say Holmes walked to the front on the church and shoved two women out of the way. When two men tried to stop him, Holmes then shoved both of the men. The offier called out for Holmes to stop but Holmes squared up with the officer.

    The officer says Holmes then tried to fight him, causing the two to go to the ground in the church during a struggle. The officer was able to take Holmes into custody and transported him to the hospital for treatment after Holmes suffered a laceration to his left eye during the struggle.

    Police say Holmes didn't stop there, he also assaulted hospital security by kicking and scratching a guard. Holmes was arrested and charged with assault for the incident.

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