LDS church: Missionaries in confrontation with armed man in video have been moved
Salt Lake City —
(KUTV) The LDS church released a statement through a spokesman about the missionary who appeared to beat a man with a gun in a surveillance video from Brazil.
The two missionaries appear in the video to be confronted by a man after he gets off a motorcycle. One of the missionaries disarms the man and throws what appears to be a gun over a fence. He then kicks and punches the man around the street before the man runs out of the frame. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints previously said the missionaries were not seriously hurt or not hurt at all.
Wednesday the church released a statement through spokesman Eric Hawkins stating the missionaries are not in trouble for their actions but have been temporarily relocated. They are in the Manaus, Brazil Mission, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The statement said:
We are grateful that this incident did not end tragically, either for the missionaries or the other individuals involved. The guidance given to missionaries is to avoid conflict. Every situation is unique, and as adults, missionaries must make decisions about their safety. In this case, the assailant had a weapon and the missionary reacted in the moment to protect his life and that of his companion.
Video of the confrontation can be seen below: