Tuesday, October 20, 2015
MI: Glock Against Brick in Church; Glock Wins
“The pastor had had issues with the man before,” Dolunt said. “He had been threatening him to do bodily harm. He walked into the service and went after the pastor with a brick. The pastor pulled out his Glock and fired several shots. I think he hit him four or five times, and the man died.”
The victim was identified as Deante Smith, Dolunt said. The pastor remains in police custody.
In the wake of the Charleston shooting that left nine dead, many Detroit pastors said they planned to beef up security at their places of worship. In June, the Rev. Larry L. Simmons of Baber Memorial A.M.E. Church in northwest Detroit said he was one of them.
“Unfortunately, we had an incident about a year ago at another church in Brightmoor,” Simmons said, referring to a shooting outside the Citadel of Praise Church in July. In that incident, an off-duty police officer serving as a church security guard fatally shot an ax-wielding man who was later determined to be mentally impaired.