Police say Detroit pastor released after fatal shooting

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Posted: Oct 19, 2015 2:45 PM
Police say Detroit pastor released after fatal shooting

DETROIT (AP) — A pastor who shot and killed a man who tried to attack him with a brick during a service at his storefront church was released without charge, Detroit police said Monday.

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, officer Keisha Beasley-Dorsey said.

No charging decision has been made, she said.

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 had prior "issues."

Dolunt said the man threatened the pastor with a brick. The pastor shot him several times with a pistol. The man died at a hospital.

Beasley-Dorsey declined to discuss the case further while the investigation continues.

No one answered knocks from The Associated Press Monday afternoon to the front and side doors of the church, which occupies at least the first floor of a two-story building along one of Detroit's neighborhood business district arteries. It shares the short block with a cellphone store, pizza shop, apartments and vacant nail salon.

An old, darkened neon sign in one of the church's small front windows reads Xbox 360, iPod, Play Station, PSP Repairs.

Across the street are a tire shop, closed-down African market and liquor store. Several other churches are within several blocks of The City of God in the neighborhood — a mix of stable blocks with its share of vacant houses.