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Church gunman dies after being subdued by parishioners

INDIAN LAKE - State Police in Indian Lake responded to a report of shots fired at St. Mary's Church located on State Route 28N in the town of Indian Lake, New York.   The incident happened about 4:43 p.m. on Saturday

Responding Troopers and Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and determined that no shots had fired in the church and that the suspect was unresponsive.  Investigation established that during the church service, Jason M. Berg, 44, of Indian Lake, New York, entered the church and started creating a disturbance by shouting obscenities and throwing objects at parishioners.  Berg started advancing towards the priest at which point several parishioners intervened and restrained Berg.  Berg was armed with a loaded .45 caliber pistol, a spare magazine, several rounds of ammunition and a pocket knife.  Berg violently resisted while be subdued and disarmed by parishioners and then became unresponsive. 

Responding patrols requested Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps and administered CPR.  Efforts to revive Berg were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Berg's body was removed and an autopsy has been scheduled for today, at Albany Medical Center.

Two of the parishioners attending the service were injured by Berg when he threw items at them during his outburst.  They were both transported to Glens Falls Hospital by ambulance where they were treated and released.

Several parishioners reported hearing what sounded like muffled gunshots coming from outside the church prior to the incident.  A search of the scene was conducted but no evidence of gunshots in the vicinity was located. 

The incident remains under investigation.