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911 Tape Shows Church Gunman Was Prepared For 'Mortal Combat'

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.

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Kenneth James Ward

Police said they don’t know why he used a false name, Zane Thomas.

Ward was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the four officers who arrived.


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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P. to the bishop, prayers to friends and families. Good job to the officers!

  • 21_max50

    philfroggy

    almost 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Great work to end this quickly

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50

    RescueNanny

    almost 4 years ago

    2646 Comments

    This moron's comment makes it seem like he plays too many video games and watches too many Van Damme movies!
    I'm glad this sicko was killed...saves a lot of money and instantly puts him before the ultimate judge of men and women!

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