That's when a Gary Michael Moran, 54, an "ex-convict with a history of violence and drug abuse" and "a career criminal, a violent felony offender," pushed his way inside and started beating Terra with a metal rod. If only Terra had had a gun to defend himself, as recommended by the NRA! Oh wait, he did! From an article:
Badly injured, Terra made it to his bedroom and retrieved his .357-caliber gun but was unable to fire before the attacker grabbed it, forced the priest to his knees and demanded money, according to court records.
Terra then blacked out.
When another priest, Rev. Kenneth Walker, came to investigate what was happening, Moran then shot Walker to death with Terra's gun.
Moran then stole a number of items, including a car, and fled the scene.
When Terra woke up, he found Rev. Walker and performed last rites on him.
Moran was eventually apprehended after tips from people he had bragged to, and DNA evidence:
During the investigation, Terra was only able to provide a limited description of the suspect, but detectives said they were later able to link Moran to the crime scene through DNA.
Witnesses also helped authorities identify Moran.
On Sunday, a man came to the police station to report that he had heard Moran "was bragging about beating a priest and robbing him," according to court records.
A day later, a woman told police Moran had given her a black bag that contained the priest's camera.
Police confirmed that Terra's gun was used to shoot Walker.
Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted said over the weekend that the question of gun ownership among priests has not been a topic of discussion and isn't prohibited by the church.
"There are some priests that go hunting for javelina, and for deer and for elk," Olmsted said. "So there would be some (gun owners), but it's not a question that I generally ask priests.".