Mormon Church Shooter was Former Member

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — The brother of a man accused of the fatal shooting of a Mormon church official in Central California says the man was a former member of the congregation who felt wronged by a leader in 1988.

Mike Ward told the Visalia Times-Delta newspaper Monday that his older brother, 47-year-old Kenneth James Ward of Modesto, also was mentally ill.

Police say Kenneth Ward walked into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Visalia on Sunday and killed Clay Sannar, a lay bishop. Kenneth Ward later died in a shootout with officers after telling police where they could find him.

Mike Ward told the Times-Delta that his brother didn’t know Sannar. He says his brother had been a church member in the 1980s and was upset by a bishop then who had “shunned him to hell.”


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