MODESTO—A man who is accused of shooting a Mormon church leader in Southern California before being killed in a shootout with police had a prior conviction for making threats against a Modesto law enforcement official.
Documents obtained by FOX40 News Monday afternoon show 47-year-old Kenneth Ward was once convicted of making terrorist-like threats against Modesto Police Chief Roy Wasden.
According to court documents, Ward was ordered to stay away from members of the Mormon church, including a church located at 731 El Vista Avenue in Stanislaus County.
Ward's brother, Mike Ward, told a newspaper that his brother did not know Clay Sannar, a church leader in Visalia whom Ward is accused of fatally shooting Sunday morning. Mike Ward went on to say his brother had been shunned by the Mormon church at one time.
Ward's father, George Ward, told The Modesto Bee his son was "definitely anti-Morman" despite being raised in the church.