Detroit Pastor Shoots, Kills Armed Assailant

Detroit Pastor Shoots, Kills Armed Assailant

Detroit Pastor Shoots, Kills Armed Assailant

A pastor is currently in police custody following the shooting of an armed attacker in the City of God Church in Detroit.

The incident took place on Sunday, October 18th.  A man armed with a brick allegedly stormed into the church and attacked the 36 year old religious leader.  The pastor was armed with a handgun and shot his attacker multiple times. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Per Michigan law, pistols are not allowed in churches, with or without a concealed carry permit.

Some reports indicate that the two men involved knew each other, and may have had conflicts in the past.  The incident has become part of a larger discussion in Detroit about the role of the church community in dealing with violence, and the presence of firearms in sacred spaces.

The matter is still under police investigation.

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ihavetopickastupidname

It was ok the assailant had a brick in a sacred place but not ok for the pastor to have a firearm?

BenAround

It’s a stupid law. The electorate in Michigan needs to smarten up. A church is privately owned property and a law that infringes on the rights of the lawful property owners of the church and their representatives should be challenged as unconstitutional and a violation of both the first and second amendments. Any gun free zone without guards and metal detectors checking all entrants for compliance is a potential killing field leaving law-abiding citizens as defenseless as fish in a barrel. In this case, the assailant brought a brick as the murder weapon. However, he could just as easily brought a knife or a gun because someone intent on assault is already not concerned about obeying the law.

BenAround

It’s a stupid law. The electorate in Michigan needs to smarten up. A church is privately owned property and a law that infringes on the rights of the lawful property owners of the church and their representatives should be challenged as unconstitutional and a violation of both the first and second amendments. Any gun free zone without guards and metal detectors checking all entrants for compliance is a potential killing field leaving law-abiding citizens as defenseless as fish in a barrel. In this case, the assailant brought a brick as the murder weapon. However, he could just as easily brought a knife or a gun because someone intent on assault is already not concerned about obeying the law.

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There are numerous elected folks in Michigan trying to wipe these dumb laws from the books as we speak.
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Robert

Isn’t the pastor THE presiding official? That would make it legal?

Robert

Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship, unless the presiding official or officials allow concealed weapons