A criminal with a brick is no match for a pastor with a gun.
The man in Detroit came after Pastor Keon Allison with a brick during Sunday service at City of God Ministries, but got stopped cold, the Detroit News is reporting.
“He had been threatening him to do bodily harm,” Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said. “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 pastor was taken into custody for questioning. Authorities must still determine if the shooting was justified – but it sure seems like it is.
“(Church) is a haven of rest and safety… when you cannot be safe in God’s place of worship, where can you be safe,” said Detroit City Councilmen and A.M.E Church pastor Andre Spivey.
Violence can happen anywhere today, Pastor Spivey said.
“(Church) is a haven of rest and safety … when you cannot be safe in God’s place of worship, where can you be safe?”
At the same vigil, the Rev. Larry L. Simmons of Baber Memorial A.M.E. Church in northwest Detroit said he also was forced to increase security.
“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.
“That incident alerted us that our security was not right,” Simmons said. “But how do you make a place that’s open to the public completely secure? You can’t.”