Shooting Suspect Linked To Heber Church Bombing

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Lenny Kizzar is no stranger to law enforcement officers.


"We had obtained an arrest warrant for Lenny Kizzar last week, as did the Navajo County Sheriff's Department," said Larry Bettendorf, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Phoenix. "Our charges were felony possession of explosives."


ATF agents believe Kizzar obtained just under 10 pounds of explosives from John Baker, the man accused of bombing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Heber earlier this year.


Kizzar had been working as a witness for the prosecution in the bombing incident and had been cooperating with agents.


"He even showed us where he buried his explosives out in the national forest outside of Heber," Bettendorf said. "We were never able to connect him directly with the bombing."


Sometime last week, the agent said Kizzar ceased all contact with his agency, and that's when the ATF obtained a warrant for his arrest. Bettendorf said that with that warrant, if Kizzar is able to bond out of jail, he will immediately be arrested by the agency on bombing charges.

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