Police release name of man killed in Detroit church shooting

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Posted: Oct 20, 2015 11:54 AM
Police release name of man killed in Detroit church shooting

DETROIT (AP) — Police have released the name of a man who they say was shot and killed by a pastor during a confrontation in a Detroit storefront church.

Officer Jennifer Moreno said Tuesday that 26-year-old Deante Smith was the man killed Sunday at the City of God church. Police say the pastor shot Smith several times after Smith threatened him with a brick.

Authorities have declined to publicly identify the pastor, who was questioned and released without charge. Moreno says investigators are still questioning witnesses.

Police say the men knew each other and had problems.

Smith's sister, Deja Ward, told The Detroit News that her brother had no "beef" with anyone, but went to the northwest side church seeking "closure." She says Smith and his wife previously lived with the pastor.