Guy Walks Into Church, Shoots Father-in-Law in Head: Cops

His wife witnessed Father's Day shooting

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 17, 2013 2:25 AM CDT | Updated Jun 17, 2013 5:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Utah man has been arrested for allegedly walking into a church on Father's Day and shooting his father-in-law in the back of the head in front of horrified parishioners. Police say Charles Richard Jennings Jr., 35, stole a pickup truck at gunpoint after the incident at a Catholic church in Ogden but was captured hours later in the next county, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The injured man is in critical condition but is expected to survive.

Police describe the shooting as a "domestic violence-related incident." Witnesses say Jennings entered the church hand-in-hand with his wife before walking over to a pew and shooting her father. "I’m assuming he brought her to church to watch him kill her father on Father’s Day," a witness tells the Standard-Examiner said. "How dare he come into our sacred little church and do something like this."

Charles Richard Jennings Jr. has been arrested for attempted aggravated criminal homicide and aggravated robbery.
Charles Richard Jennings Jr. has been arrested for attempted aggravated criminal homicide and aggravated robbery.   (Weber County Sheriff's Office)
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