Yeiter arrested in Texas

Published 4:56 pm Thursday, October 30, 2014

Brett Richard Yeiter has been apprehended in Texas according to Escambia County Sheriffs officials.

Yeiter is a suspect in an investigation of the shooting death of Paul Phillips who was shot at the church he pastors Monday morning, officials said.

Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said Yeiter was apprehended in Amarillo, Texas Thursday after highway patrol officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle.

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“He was still driving the same vehicle he left the area in,” Smith said. “He is in custody now in Texas.”

Escambia County Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said Yeiter was taken into custody by officers without incident.

“He was arrested along I-40 in Amarillo,” Lambert said. “He is now in custody and will have to go through the extradition process before we can get him back to Alabama.”

Smith said that process would require Yeiter to appear before a Texas judge to begin the extradition process.

Yeiter is believed to be the gunman who fired a fatal shot Monday morning in the Sellersville community that killed Phillips. The incident occurred at the Book of Acts Holiness Church in the Sellersville community just miles from Brewton and just north of the Florida line. At the time officers responded to the shooting call, Phillips was found shot and died from his injuries at the scene.

Officials have said Yeiter was Phillips’ son-in-law.