Tye “Glenn” Champ, who campaigned for governor of California earlier this year has previously served a prison term for manslaughter, has several convictions for weapons offenses and is a registered sex offender.
And as of 10:30 am Friday, he may be adding “shooting death of a horse” and “attempted murder of a neighbor” to that impressive resume.
According to the Frenso Bee, Champ claimed to have “found the Lord” during his stint in prison, which did little for him personally, as Thursday afternoon a “neighbor dispute” over work done on a road ended in the shooting:
On Thursday afternoon, Champ first approached a 13-year-old boy.
“Champ was angry at the 13-year-old and slashed the tires on the ATV that the child was riding,” Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said. “The parents came to the scene and confronted Champ and that’s when the father was shot, then other witnesses — including the victim and the 13-year-old — ran away as more shots were being fired at them from Champ.”
A horse in a pasture was hit and killed. Mims said Champ was “shooting pretty indiscriminately … it’s fortunate no one else was hit.”
The Fresno Bee reports:
The 40-year-old father was shot in the stomach and underwent surgery at Community Regional Medical Center. He was in serious condition on Friday afternoon but his wounds are not life-threatening, Mims said.
“There may have been prior disturbances over the road — I understand it was being retarred in the area — however, that’s no excuse for attempting to murder somebody.”
Champ then took off in a blue, four-door Volkswagen. A Tulare County sheriff’s deputy caught up with Champ around noon on Friday and arrested him without incident. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, willful cruelty to a child, willful cruelty to an animal and felony possession of a gun. Bail was set at $500,000.
He’ll presumably make that up and more when he publishes his book on finding God and being persecuted for his “Christian faith.”
You can watch as he’s taken into custody below: