Suspect in Mormon Bishop Murder Shot by Police

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The man suspected of murdering a Mormon lay bishop in Visalia, Calif., was a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, according to the gunman's brother.

Kenneth James Ward shot and killed 42-year-old bishop Clay Sannar while he was sitting in his office between church services on Sunday morning.

Ward's younger brother, Mike, told The Visalia Times-Delta that his 47-year-old sibling was mentally ill and believed the church wronged him when he was a member in the 1980s.
Ward had lived in the town of Visalia as a child and had attended the church where the shooting took place.
Ward was killed in a shootout with police later on Sunday at his childhood home.

"We're devastated," church member Scott Henriksen said of Sannar's murder. "There's only one word -- shocked. This is something that should not happen."

Henriksen said he had known the lay bishop for almost 20 years and described him as "very good, hardworking. A great family man."

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