Police Release Description of Suspect in Phoenix Priest Murder - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Police Release Description of Suspect in Phoenix Priest Murder

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX, Ariz. (NBC) -- Phoenix police searching for the gunman who killed one priest and injured another released a limited description Friday of the suspect: a white male in his 40s.

Police Sgt. Steve Martos told NBC News the sparse information was provided by the surviving priest, the Rev. Joseph Terra, who remains hospitalized in critical condition after Wednesday night’s shocking attack at the Mother of Mercy Mission.

Police haven’t ruled out whether more than one suspect could be involved. Crime fighters are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Terra, 56, first called police to the downtown church to report a robbery just after 9 p.m. local time. When they got there, officers found an injured Terra in the rectory, Martos said. They also discovered a second priest, the Rev. Kenneth Walker, suffering from a gunshot wound. The 28-year-old assistant pastor died at the hospital.

Police have not specified Terra’s wounds, but said they planned to interview him further.

Walker’s 2003 Mazda was initially reported missing, but was discovered about four blocks away from the church.

Deacon Jim Trant, of the Diocese of Phoenix, told The Associated Press that it’s possible the suspect knocked on the door and the priests — who felt safe in the neighborhood — simply let him in.

Parishioner Bill Haley visited Terra in the hospital on Thursday and said the priest was in critical condition but able to talk.

“He said nothing evil about the person who did this, expressed no ill will,” Haley recalled.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Officer involved shooting in Alexandria

    UPDATE: Officer involved shooting in Alexandria

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:54:55 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 22, an arrest warrant was obtained for Mitchel Ryan Bethin, 22, of Fort Polk, LA, charging him with aggravated assault with a firearm and simple battery.  More >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 22, an arrest warrant was obtained for Mitchel Ryan Bethin, 22, of Fort Polk, LA, charging him with aggravated assault with a firearm and simple battery.  More >>
  • Woman arrested in Alexandria shooting

    Woman arrested in Alexandria shooting

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:20:39 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - One person is being treated at a local hospital and another is in jail following a shooting Friday afternoon.More >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - One person is being treated at a local hospital and another is in jail following a shooting Friday afternoon.More >>
  • Ice Bucket Challenge made to Tioga Detectives

    Ice Bucket Challenge made to Tioga Detectives

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-08-15 21:38:12 GMT
    TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - In November of 2003, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lost one of its most devoted and hard working Detectives we have ever had. More >>
    TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - In November of 2003, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lost one of its most devoted and hard working Detectives we have ever had. More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.