Suspect Identified In Visalia Mormon Church Murder - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Suspect Identified In Visalia Mormon Church Murder

Posted:
Kenneth James Ward Kenneth James Ward

Visalia Police have identified the man who they say shot and killed a Mormon Bishop over the weekend.

Officers say 47-year-old Kenneth James Ward of Modesto entered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Tulare St. Sunday, and asked to speak to the Bishop. When 42 year-old Bishop Clay Sannar became available, Ward shot and killed him.

Following the shooting, Ward took off. He later called police from a payphone, telling them of the incident, and where they could find him.

When officers surrounded Ward's vehicle on corner of Divisadero and Burrel, they say he opened his door and started shooting, forcing them to return fire.

Ward was shot in the gunfire and taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Police say at this time no motive has been determined for the shooting.

The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.

Stay with KMPH and KMPH.com as we continue to follow this story.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • SUV Rolls Into Shaver Lake, Sinks

    SUV Rolls Into Shaver Lake, Sinks

    An SUV rolled into a Fresno County lake and sank on Monday.KMPH FOX 26 News viewers Parker Bell and Bob Niehaus sent us photos of the SUV as it was sinking in Shaver Lake.According to witnesses and the towing company, the Range Rover was parked on a hill when it when it rolled down into the water and sank.With the help of the towing company and a dive team, the Range Rover was pulled out of the lake.More >>
    An SUV rolled into a Fresno County lake and sank on Monday.KMPH FOX 26 News viewers Parker Bell and Bob Niehaus sent us photos of the SUV as it was sinking in Shaver Lake.According to witnesses and the towing company, the Range Rover was parked on a hill when it when it rolled down into the water and sank.With the help of the towing company and a dive team, the Range Rover was pulled out of the lake.More >>
  • Man Shot At Apartment Complex Near Fresno State, Dies

    Man Shot At Apartment Complex Near Fresno State, Dies

    An early-morning shooting near Fresno State left a man dead on Monday. Officers were called to an apartment complex on Backer and Shaw around 3:00 a.m. That's where 26-year-old Anthony Marshall Brown was shot, and later died at the hospital.Fresno Police say the shooting does not appear to be gang-related, but add that it wasn't random. Police also say Brown was not a college student. As of Monday night, no one had been arrested.More >>
    An early-morning shooting near Fresno State left a man dead on Monday. Officers were called to an apartment complex on Backer and Shaw around 3:00 a.m. That's where 26-year-old Anthony Marshall Brown was shot, and later died at the hospital.Fresno Police say the shooting does not appear to be gang-related, but add that it wasn't random. Police also say Brown was not a college student. As of Monday night, no one had been arrested.More >>
  • Body Found in Fresno County Field

    Body Found in Fresno County Field

    Hunters made an alarming discovery in a Fresno County field on Monday morning. Fresno County Sheriff's deputies got a call of a body in a field near Shaw and Zediker.Deputies say dove hunters found the body, but they have not been able to identify the person yet. As of Monday night, they also haven't been able to determine whether this isa homicide case.More >>
    Hunters made an alarming discovery in a Fresno County field on Monday morning. Fresno County Sheriff's deputies got a call of a body in a field near Shaw and Zediker.Deputies say dove hunters found the body, but they have not been able to identify the person yet. As of Monday night, they also haven't been able to determine whether this isa homicide case.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.