The victim had allegedly ranted on Facebook that the pastor had gotten his wife pregnant

By Tara Fowler
Updated October 19, 2015 02:40 PM
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A 36-year-old Detroit pastor has been detained by police for questioning after he allegedly shot and killed a man following a church service on Sunday, a police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.

The pastor, who has not been identified, allegedly told police that he shot the 25-year-old victim after the man attacked him with a brick, the spokeswoman says. The pastor was not injured in the incident.

Police received a call at around 1:40 p.m. on Sunday reporting a shooting at the City of God church. When they arrived on scene, they found that the victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body, the spokeswoman says.

Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt told The Detroit News that the pastor and the victim, identified by the newspaper as Deante Smith, “had had issues” with each other before the shooting.

“[The victim] had been threatening him to do bodily harm,” 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… and the man died.”

Smith had allegedly ranted on Facebook that the pastor had gotten his wife pregnant, The Detroit News reports.

The pastor was detained at the scene. Prosecutors are expected to decide whether charges will be filed against him this week.

The incident remains under investigation.

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