N.C. pastor accidentally shoots himself while cleaning gun

Bishop Phillip Milton Davis (Image: Phillipdavis.org via WSOC)

A well-known North Carolina pastor died Saturday after he accidentally shot himself in the chest while cleaning his gun, authorities said.

WGHP reported that Bishop Phillip Milton Davis, the senior pastor at Nations Ford Community Church in Charlotte, has died at age 62.

Officials were called to Davis's home around 1 p.m. on Saturday after his wife found him unconscious at his desk.

Davis was reportedly cleaning his pistol before a trip to the firing range. He died after being shot in the chest.

Davis has preached at the Nations Ford Community Church for more than 40 years. Members of the church are holding a prayer vigil Monday at 7 p.m.

"Bishop Davis was a prolific, focused man of vision as well as an effective leader who served God selflessly and touched countless lives," the church said in a statement. "His teachings were profound and transformative."

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