Police: Detroit Pastor Fatally Shot Attacker During Service
A Detroit church service turned tragic today when a man with a brick went after the pastor, but likely didn’t anticipate what would follow: the pastor pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and fatally shot the man, police said.
“They knew each other and had some type of problem before,” Assistant Detroit Police Chief Steve Dolunt said of the pastor and the victim. “When I got there, the body had already been moved. The pastor was in custody. We had the gun.”
The shooting happened at about 1:45 p.m., shortly after a 1:30 p.m. service got underway at the City of God storefront church on Grand River Avenue near Lahser, Dolunt said. The man with the brick never actually made it into the church, but went after the pastor in the vestibule, he said.
The pastor, whom Dolunt did not have a name for, responded with gunfire, shooting the man multiple times, including in the chest. The man died a short while later at Botsford Hospital.
According to Dolunt, a previous police report had been filed against the church intruder involving threats. He didn’t have further details. The pastor remains in police custody as investigators try to piece together what happened and interview church members.
"It’s tragic,” Dolunt said, noting that church violence is not new to Detroit, or anywhere else.