This is extremely messy.
A Detroit pastor has been taken into custody for questioning after a deadly shooting at his church Sunday afternoon.
Police say 25-year-old Deante Smith attacked the pastor with a brick and hammer over an alleged affair with his wife.
The pastor was armed and police say he fatally shot the 25-year-old man inside the church.
assistant Chief Steve Dolunt confirmed that police are investigating the allegations.
“We’ve heard several allegations and are looking into that, but haven’t substantiated anything,” Dolunt said, adding that the pastor was released from custody Monday morning.
Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Deante Smith of Detroit.
Police said the pastor was released after being detained and questioned by investigators. Family members of the victim say they are stunned, and this was no random incident.
“It’s unbelievable,” Abbot said in an interview with the Free Press. “They’re painting him to be a monster, but he wasn’t. They knew each other very well. This is not just a strange man that walked in looking to harm someone. … We’re just trying to figure this whole thing out.”
Reports say the victim and pastor had issues before.