Ex-Gubernatorial Candidate Arrested for Shooting Man, Horse
(08-08) 14:11 PDT PRATHER, FRESNO COUNTY — A Fresno County man who finished fifth in the June gubernatorial primary was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting that left a man injured and a horse dead, authorities said.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Tye “Glenn” Champ, 48, in Goshen (Tulare County) at 10:30 a.m., a day after he allegedly shot and wounded a 40-year-old neighbor in the stomach and tried to shoot the neighbor’s young son during a dispute in Prather, a small community in the foothills of Fresno County.
Champ fled after allegedly shooting a horse to death, deputies said.
Champ is a registered sex offender who ran as a Republican in California’s open primary June 3, winning 76,000 votes or 2 percent of the total - good for fifth place out of 14 candidates on the ballot. He said his goal was to clean up the state’s bureaucracy.
Champ was put on the state’s sex offender registry after he was convicted in 1993 of two counts of assault with intent to commit rape. Before a professed conversion to Christianity, Champ also killed a man while driving in 1998 and was convicted of soliciting a prostitute.