Mormon bishop shot in church, shooter killed by police

By: AP
By: AP

VISALIA, Calif. -- Authorities say the man suspected of fatally shooting a Mormon church official in a central California church was later shot to death in a confrontation with police.

Police say 42-year-old Mormon lay bishop Clay Sannar was shot Sunday in his office at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Visalia, southeast of Fresno.

Visalia police chief Colleen Mestas says minutes later, a caller identified himself to police as the shooter. Police responded. The suspect was shot and died at a local hospital. No officers were injured.

Mestas says they've handed over the investigation of the officer-involved shooting to Tulare County sheriff's deputies.

Visalia police continue to investigate Sannar's shooting but haven't identified a motive. As far as police know, the shooter wasn't part of the church.


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