Ex-GOP Candidate For Gov Starts ‘Shooting Indiscriminately,’ Shoots Neighbor, Kills Horse
A California man who campaigned for governor this year has been arrested in connection with the shooting of his neighbor and the shooting death of a horse Thursday afternoon, according to The Fresno Bee.
48-year-old Tye “Glenn” Champ was taken into custody around noon on Friday without incident, after a Tulare County sheriff’s deputy caught up to him on a traffic stop.
According to the Bee, Champ previously served a prison term for manslaughter, has several convictions for weapons offenses and is also a registered sex offender. But since then, Champ claimed to have “found the Lord.”
A “neighbor dispute” over work being done on a road led to the shooting, according to witnesses. 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.
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, but was arrested about 10:15 a.m. Friday, Mims said.
Champ was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, willful cruelty to a child, willful cruelty to an animal, and felon in possession of a gun. Bail was set at $500,000.
Raw Story notes that Champ came in fifth in the gubernatorial primary in June with over 76,000 votes.
Watch as he’s taken into custody: