DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police say an off-duty officer was shot at as he pursued a robbery suspect after he snatched jewelry from people heading to church.

It happened around 6 p.m.  Sunday at the Neapolitan Church of Deliverance, near Mack and McClellan, on the city’s east side.

Reports say a man with a gun approached parishioners and grabbed a gold necklace from one of them. The off-duty police officer and other churchgoers chased him — with the thief shooting at them. The officer returned fire, but the robber escaped in a silver Pontiac Grand Am.

The parishioners were not injured, nor was the officer. It’s not know if the robber was hit.

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