Gun-Wielding Pastor Won’t Face Charges


Gun-Wielding Pastor Won’t Face Charges

Detroit, MI – A pastor who shot and killed a man who came at him with a brick will reportedly not face criminal charges.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said in a news release that the pastor of City of God church on the city’s northwest side ‘had an honest and reasonable belief’ that he and others were at risk of death or harm Oct. 18, when Deante Smith rushed at him with a brick.

Authorities say the 25-year-old Smith forced his way inside the church, pushed the pastor’s mother to the ground and rushed past men restraining him and toward the pastor, brandishing the brick. The pastor shot him once, then multiple times when Smith approached him again.

There was apparently a history of threats and violence against the pastor by the assailant.

Prosecutors concluded ‘the pattern of threats and violent behavior’ toward the pastor ‘support the decision not to charge’ him.

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