CLEVELAND — A Roman Catholic priest found dead in his church's rectory after a fire had been shot to death, authorities said Sunday.
Father William Gulas, 69, pastor of St. Stanislaus Church, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest Saturday, the county coroner said. His death was ruled a homicide. Police said they are investigating a motive.
"Father Gulas was very well liked in the community and he had a number of friends, so this is really a mystery," a spokeswoman for Mayor Jane Campbell said.
A preliminary investigation shows Gulas had been shot and suffered a blow to the top of his head before the fire was set, the Cuyahoga County coroner said. Fire officials said the cause of the fire had not been determined; the arson unit was investigating.