A pastor who shot a man allegedly wielding a brick during a church service Sunday, has portrayed himself as a simple preacher who was defending himself against a madman — but what if there is more to the story? What if the “threats” and “problems” he says he has had with his victim have a root in one of his own actions — like fathering a child with the dead man’s wife?
According to Pastor Keon Allison and members of the City of God church on Detroit’s West Side, 25-year-old Deante Smith stormed into the church wielding a brick. Authorities say that the man was well-known by the congregation, especially the good, kind, gun-wielding pastor who shot Smith five times — an extreme overreaction to someone wielding a piece of stone.
“The suspect entered the church, he allegedly had a brick in his hand and was threatening the pastor,” said Asst. Detroit Police Chief Steve Dolunt. “We’ve had a previous incident, at least one, and the pastor filed a police report.”
Smith, who authorities say has a history of threatening the pastor and members of his flock, was pronounced dead after he was taken to Botsford Hospital. In fact, the pastor tells police he had been trying to “help” Smith, but those efforts had gone by the wayside.
But what if the police report was related to Smith taking issue with the fact that the good pastor impregnated his wife?
On September 16, the deceased man, who no longer has the capability to speak for himself thanks to the lethal dose of God’s Love he received, posted on Facebook that he had discovered the baby he thought was his…was actually Allison’s.
“Can’t wait to see the Sunday message at City of God Ministry,” he wrote. “I’ll be there with the truth.” Smith later explained to concerned friends that the pastor had fathered a baby with his wife, Tykia.
People who know Smith, a Michigan Lightning football player, describe him as a good person. In fact, there are only members of the congregation’s claims that he was wielding a brick. Friends say that he entered the church in an attempt to gain closure with the pastor before going to counseling to save his marriage — because, once again, the pastor impregnated his wife. The Detroit News reports:
Deante Smith’s younger sister, Deja Ward, said Monday evening that her brother, who was killed Sunday, went to City of God Ministry on Grand River near Lahser to get closure with the pastor before pursuing counseling with his wife.
The couple had previously lived with the pastor, whom Smith considered a mentor and called dad, Ward said.
“He never brought beef to anybody,” Ward said of her brother. “He wanted closure so he could start counseling. I guess it turned a whole other way.”
Despite the questionable tale of a brick-wielding madman, police took the pastor at his word. He was never taken into custody, and was released without charges.
“He was never in custody,” Officer Jennifer Moreno said Monday. “He was just brought downtown (on Sunday) for questioning regarding the incident. He stayed a couple hours, cooperated fully and went home.”
“We’re not sure at this point whether the man had mental problems or what,” Dolunt said, questioning his stability. “It’s still under investigation.
“The pastor had had issues with the man before,” he said. “He had been threatening him to do bodily harm. 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.”
Ward says that her brother was suspended from his manufacturing job after Smith had an argument with the pastor outside of the workplace, and that he had been offered anger management classes. She says he fully intended to take them after he reconciled with his wife. The first step, of course, was talking it out with the “Christian” who got her pregnant.
His infectious smile and the courage in which he approached life, on and off the field, are attributes that will stick with all of us,” his former football team said in a statement after Smith’s death. “More important than all his on-the-field achievements, was his ability to reach someone who was going through a rough time. ‘I got you,’ was echoed by him on many occasions, and to Tae, they weren’t just words, he wasn’t going to let you fall.
“Before every game, he pointed to the sky and yelled Jesus! He believed in God, his family, and this football team,” Smith’s former coach said. “He was a leader, a great man.”
Police say they are investigating the new developments. The pastor’s claims that multiple bullet holes were necessary to subdue a man who was allegedly wielding a brick and the pastor’s assertions that he was trying to “help” Smith by getting his wife pregnant could easily lead one to believe this to be a rather spurious narrative, all things considered.
Watch a report on the shooting, below:
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