Documents detail attack that took life of priest

June 16, 2014
Gary Moran is seen in this June 16, 2014 booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office. Moran is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, burglary and armed robbery, among others charges in the killing of a Roman Catholic priest and the beating of a second priest at a downtown Phoenix church. The Rev. Kenneth Walker was shot and killed and the Rev. Joseph Terra was badly beaten and remains hospitalized from the Wednesday, June 11, 2014 attack at the Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic church in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Maricopa Country Sheriffs Office)

PHOENIX (AP) — Court records show a Phoenix priest who went to investigate noises in a church courtyard was attacked by an ex-convict wielding a piece of iron before the priest fled and got a gun from his bedroom.

The injured priest, Rev. Joseph Terra, wasn't able to fire the weapon because his finger was injured, and police reports show 54-year-old suspect Gary Michael Moran wrestled it away from him.

Rev. Kenneth Walker, another Roman Catholic priest who came to Terra's aid, was then shot.

The court records were filed by police to support murder and other charges against Moran. The documents were released Monday.

The records say Moran told detectives that he shot the priest who tried to help Terra.

Moran was released from prison in April after serving about eight years on charges that included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.