A panicky church guard ordered a photographer at gunpoint to stay clear of Britney Spears yesterday.
Britney, 25, had just left a Presbyterian service when the paparazzo followed, dodging police halting traffic and driving close to an officer.
It was enough to make the suspicious guard, a retired cop, halt the lensman's car at gunpoint shouting: "Get out of your car! Get down!"
He then hauled the terrified man out of his Lexus 4x4, handcuffed him, and sat him down by the side of the road.
A witness to the bizarre scene in Bel Air, Los Angeles, said: "When Britney left the church in her car police kept photographers back.
"One guy tried to get past and two guards ran into the street.
"One whipped out a gun. He was shouting 'Get out of your car!' The snapper looked so scared. He was saying 'What have I done?'
"The guard said 'You tried to run the traffic officer down'. He said 'No, I didn't'."
The photographer was later released.
The church said: "Our guard doesn't regret what he did. This is a church, not a pop concert."
Oh, the irony! Yes, that is why the thread is titled this way instead of Brittany Spears Gunman . . .Mike from Philly said:BTW - What the heck is a Presbyterian church doing with armed security? Aren't they the ones that say its wrong to defend yourself against a rapist?