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INDIANA: Pastor behind bars

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Pastor Victor Richardson, New Zion Fellowship Church, was arrested for trying to strangle his wife at their homeANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) - An Anderson pastor remained in the Hamilton County Jail on Tuesday evening, facing charges of domestic battery, strangulation and resisting an officer.

Victor Richardson, the pastor at New Zion Fellowship Church in Anderson, was arrested in May for allegedly trying to strangle his wife at their Fishers home.

He was released on bond, but a warrant was issued later for a probation violation charge.

According to court documents, Fishers police were called to Richardson’s Fishers home May 27, for allegations that he was intoxicated, had strangled his wife and wouldn’t let her leave.

“When we have a suspect that is actively strangling the victim, that is one of the more serious situations we encounter,” said Tom Weger, spokesman for Fishers Police Department.

Court documents show Richardson barricaded himself in a bedroom when officers arrived, saying: "Shoot me. you'll have to shoot me."

Finally, officers had to kick open the door.

“Once they forced entry, the male refused to comply with officers' demands, and had to be Tased,”  Weger said.

Tuesday, 24-Hour News 8 spoke to congregation members at New Zion Fellowship in Anderson.

One didn’t want to share his name, but said of Richardson: “He’s a good man, but he’s just got some personal issues.”

The man discussed the pending charges, saying: “Very upsetting, very upsetting … . You’re supposed to be a leader, and everybody has their faults, but something has to change.”

Richardson turned himself in to the Hamilton County Jail on June 18. He faces probation violation charges.

A Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said the violation of probation likely pertains to a previous OWI in April 2011.

We asked Richardson if he'd like to speak with us; he said no. His wife also did not get back to us.

As far as Richardson’s future with the church, that also is unclear.

A member we spoke with said: “I like how he preaches, and I like his message, but he’s got some personal issues to work through.”

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