Catholic priest stabbed to death in Nebraska church, arrest made

Rev. Stephen Gutgsell was taken to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to be treated, but passed away a short time later from his injuries.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
On Sunday morning, a Catholic priest was stabbed in the rectory of the east Nebraska church where he lived. Rev. Stephen Gutgsell, 65, was rushed to a nearby hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.

Kierre Williams, a 43-year-old man from nearby Sioux City, Iowa, was arrested in the rectory and charged with homicide and use of a weapon to commit a felony. 

According to KETV, the incident took place at St. John the Baptist church, which is located just off Highway 75 in Fort Calhoun, about 16 miles north of the state capital, Omaha.

Shortly after 5 am, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to calls about an attempted break-in at the parish. Upon arrival, they discovered Williams and Gutgsell, the latter suffering from stab wounds.

Gutgsell was taken to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to be treated, but passed away a short time later.

Back at the church, Williams was promptly apprehended and taken to the Washington County Jail, where he remains in custody.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Omaha said its leaders and parishioners were "praying for Father Stephen Gutgsell, who was assaulted during an invasion at the rectory of St. John the Baptist parish in Fort Calhoun early Sunday morning."

"Father Gutgsell was transported to Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, where he died of his injuries," the statement continued. "The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating, and there are no further details at this time. Please join Archbishop George Lucas in prayer for the repose of Father Gutgsell, for his family and for the St. John the Baptist parish community in this tragic time."

As WOWT reports, in 2007 Gutgsell pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception after it was revealed that he had embezzled $127,000 from his church. He was subsequently sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution, and the Archdiocese eventually assigned him to a different church.

Sheriff Mike Robinson told the outlet that there was currently no reason to believe the attack was related to the aforementioned crime.

Sign in to comment



what a mess!


BTW, Nebraska state capitol is Lincoln ;)

Powered by StructureCMS™ Comments

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me next month

To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
© 2024 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy | Do Not Sell My Personal Information