911 Tape Shows Church Gunman Was Prepared For 'Mortal Combat'
AP - Visalia Police detectives point to an area where a suspect was shot after lay bishop Clay Sannar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was shot and killed Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 in Visalia, CA
The Modesto Bee via YellowBrix
September 01, 2010
VISALIA, CA – Visalia police today released a recording of the 911 call a gunman from Modesto made after he shot Mormon Bishop Clay Sannar to death.
Authorities say that Kenneth James Ward, 47, shot the church official at 12:36 p.m. Sunday at the Visalia Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After the shooting, Ward called 911 to report what he had done. He gave the dispatcher a fake name and said police could find him in the central Visalia neighborhood where his family had once lived.
“Be prepared to throw down in mortal combat,” he says in a challenge to police in the call, which last only a few seconds.
Kenneth James Ward
Ward was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the four officers who arrived.