A Mormon bishop was shot and killed in Visalia, California, on Sunday, police said.
The suspected gunman was killed later in the day in a gunfight with police, Visalia California Police Chief Colleen Mestas said.
Bishop Clay Sannar, 42, was shot dead in an office at Visalia's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mestas said.
About 20 minutes after the shooting, police got a call from the suspect, who told them where he was heading, Mestas said.
Officers intercepted the suspect and a gunfight ensued, during which the suspect was killed.
Church members tell police the gunman was a stranger who hadn't been seen at the church before.
"I've got a dozen investigators trying to sort this out right now," Mestas said. "We've got to get some answers for his [Sannar] family."
Unlike in some religious traditions, Mormon bishops lead individual churches, not regions or groups of churches.