Churchgoers at a Detroit service got the shock of a lifetime when their pastor shot a man during worship Sunday, according to local reports.
The shooting took place at the City Of God Church on Detroit’s west side, when 26-year-old Deante Smith entered the service carrying a brick. Police say the man was well-known to both the pastor and the congregation, as he had been the source of tension with them before.
The 37-year-old pastor, reportedly feeling endangered, pulled out a Glock and shot the man multiple times. The family of the victim tells the Detroit Free Press that the pastor was having an affair with the victim’s wife and that the two had once been close friends before their relationship went sour.
NBC station WDIV reports:
“The suspect entered the church, he allegedly had a brick in his hand and was threatening the pastor,” said Asst. Detroit Police Chief Steve Dolunt. “We’ve had a previous incident, at least one, and the pastor filed a police report.”
The man was taken to the Botsford Hospital and was pronounced dead.
The pastor was questioned at police headquarters, but was released without any arrest or charge.