Pastor Shoots Intruder At Church
Pastor Speaks Exclusively with Local 4 About The Ordeal
POSTED: Monday, September 28, 2009
UPDATED: 7:42 pm EDT September 28, 2009
DETROIT -- A pastor and retired police lieutenant shot and wounded a man who had broken into his Detroit church.
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Detroit police Sgt. Eren Stephens said the pastor, Lawrence Adams, had gone to Westside Bible Church about 6:45 p.m. Sunday after the church’s alarm system went off alerting him to an intruder. The church is located near 7 Mile Road and Grand River Boulevard.
“When I got out of the car and saw the door open, I already had my gun out. It was behind my back," said Adams.
Adams, 54, said he hid behind the door and grabbed the man as he walked out with a bag full of stolen church property.
“He swung the bag at me. At the same time I fired a shot at him,” said Adams.
Adams said he shot the man in the midsection and the two struggled a short time before police arrived.
The man was in temporary serious condition Monday at an area hospital.
Stephens said the pastor was not injured and is licensed to carry the handgun.
"Some people would question a man of God, a pastor of a church carrying a gun, but God puts us in the position to protect ourselves," said Adams.
Members of Adams’ church called him a good man and believe he was within his rights under the laws of man and God to use his gun.
The gun was seized and police continue to investigate. Police sources told Local 4 they do not think Adams will face charges.
Adams was a Detroit beat cop and police academy instructor until he retired in 2006.
It is unclear if the pastor called police following the shooting or if the church's security company reported the break-in after a burglar alarm was triggered.
Adams said he will use the experience as a sermon in church and prays he will never have to use his gun again.