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‘Followers call him a prophet:’ Pastor charged with murder in wife’s slaying at credit union

Sylvester Ofori, pastor at Flood Gates of Heaven Ministries in Orlando, faces murder charge

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police on Wednesday released new details about a shooting that left a woman dead outside an Orlando credit union.

During a news conference, investigators said Sylvester Ofori, 35, was taken into custody late Tuesday and is accused of killing his wife, Barbara Tommey, 27.

According to detectives, the couple was in the process of filing for a divorce and had been estranged for about three months.

Police said Ofori is a pastor at Flood Gates of Heaven Ministries in Orlando.

“He did have a pretty big online following,” Orlando police Lt. Frank Chisari said. “He speaks to his followers and called himself a prophet. His followers call him a prophet.”

The fatal shooting was reported before 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Navy Federal Credit Union on Garden Parks Boulevard, west of John Young Parkway and north of the Mall at Millenia.

Investigators said Tommey was an employee at the branch and was shot by Ofori several times as she arrived for her shift.

A search warrant was later served at the suspect’s apartment and Ofori was taken into custody without incident, according to police.

During Wednesday’s news conference, detectives did not indicate if there were any warning signs prior to the shooting.

Court records show Ofori was arrested in 2016 after an altercation with his wife. He was taken into custody on one count of resisting and officer, but the charge was later dropped.

Ofori is being held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder with a firearm.


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