One person has been arrested in a crime that left one priest dead and another critically injured last week at a Phoenix church, police said Monday.
Police Sgt. Steve Martos confirmed the arrest, but didn’t provide any additional details.
Reverend Kenneth Walker was fatally shot and Reverend Joseph Terra was physically wounded in the shooting that took place late last Wednesday at Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission Catholic Church.
Church officials have said that the shooting was orchestrated by multiple armed burglars, but police have yet to confirm the circumstances of the shooting.
Father Terra first called authorities to report a burglary at the church at about 21:00 local time Wednesday. Police later disclosed that Father Terra was beaten so badly they feared he would not survive the attack.
“Unfortunately because of the severity of his injuries, he was only able to provide limited information about one particular suspect,” Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos told US media.
Parishioner Bill Haley told the Associated Press that he had visited Father Terra in the hospital and the priest was able to talk to him. “He said nothing evil about the person who did this, expressed no ill will,” Haley said.
The suspected shooter is said to be a white male between the ages of 40-49. Authorities had released a sketch Friday of the suspected gunman and went door to door Friday searching for potential witnesses.
The description came from the injured Father Terra, who is expected to recover despite his severe injuries sustained in the attack.
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