MANCHESTER, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A 45-year-old man was found dead in a West County church restroom on Sunday, police said.
The Manchester Police Department found a man in the men's restroom dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at Manchester United Methodist Church around noon on Sunday.
Witnesses told police the man entered the lobby of the church and asked for directions to the restrooms. Church staff later found him in the restroom and called police.
He is not believed to be a member of the church and made no attempt to enter the worship area.
Police said church services were in progress at the time of the incident.
Senior Pastor Greg Weeks said he was leading the 11 a.m. service when first responders walked in.
"Our hearts go out to this individual and the family affected," Weeks said.
The 3,200-member congregation also asked the community to come together.
"What it immediately brings to mind is that you never know what's gong on behind the face," Weeks said. "You never know the history of a person. You never know the challenges."
The church released a statement saying their safety protocols were in place and were followed. Weeks said the church has regular police presence and off-duty policeman.
The Eastern Missouri Suicide Hotline is 800-811-4760. The St. Louis line is 314-469-6644.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255.