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Suspect Identified In Visalia Mormon Church Murder

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.

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