DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say they have released a pastor of a storefront church who shot and killed a man who tried to attack him during a service.
Officer Keisha Beasley-Dorsey said Monday that the 36-year-old pastor, whom authorities aren't identifying, was released Sunday after the shooting at the small church on the city's northwest side. Beasley-Dorsey says no charging decision has been made and declined to discuss case details while the investigation continues.
Assistant Detroit Police Chief Steve Dolunt told reporters Sunday that the shooting happened during the afternoon service at the City of God church. He says the pastor and 25-year-old man, identified as Deante Smith, had prior "issues."
Dolunt says Smith threatened the pastor with a brick. The pastor shot him several times with a pistol. He died at a hospital.