Dallas Pastor Danny Kirk’s Death Suspect Named by Medical Examiner
Update on Nov. 1. 2012: The widow of the named suspect, Derrick Birdow said her husband was mentally ill. She stated he had never been diagnosed as mentally ill but was very sick a few days before the killing and did not get help for it. The suspect’s wife Shanellia Harris Birdow said she is a member of the slain pastor’s church and that her husband only attended a few times. She does not know why he would want to hurt him because he did not know the pastor.
We are praying for the family of the pastor and his congregation in the midst of this tragic incident. We will don’t know why this happened but apparently the suspect may have been high on drugs the day he killed Pastor Danny Kirk.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Officer has released the name of the man who died in police custody after ramming his car into the wall of a North Texas church and then fatally beating the pastor.
Thirty-three-year-old Derrick Birdow died Monday after being found unresponsive in the back of a patrol car.
Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis says officers arrived at Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church to find Birdow assaulting the Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. with an electric guitar.
Officers used a Taser to subdue Birdow, handcuffed him and put him in a police car.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released Birdow’s cause of death.