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Texas shooter escaped from a psychiatric facility in 2012

08 November 2017, 08:14 | Jodi Jackson

Texas shooter escaped from a psychiatric facility in 2012

Texas shooter escaped from a psychiatric facility in 2012

Sunland Park police officers, who were looking for Kelley after his escape, told El Paso police officers that Kelley "suffered from mental disorders and had plans to run" from the mental hospital and "take a bus out of state", according to the El Paso police report.

Kelley was sent to the facility after he was charged in a military court with assaulting his wife and infant stepson.

After divorcing the woman he was convicted of assaulting, Kelley remarried in 2014, but authorities have said he became embroiled in some unspecified domestic dispute with her parents that involved him sending threatening text messages to his mother-in-law.

The report states the incident happened June 13, 2012 when Kelley escaped from the Peak Behavioral Health Services located at 5045 McNutt Road in Santa Teresa.

The shooter, Devin Kelley, had at least two prior incidents connected to New Mexico and his military service at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo.

And the fact that his conviction carried a penalty of 12 months confinement should have also prevented him from buying a gun, according to ATF regulations.

There's no evidence that a man who killed 26 people in an attack on a rural Texas church Sunday was connected to an anti-fascist movement, despite claims made in a viral story from a conspiracy theorist site.

But the Air Force also acknowledged it inexplicably failed to enter his conviction into a government database that all licensed firearms dealers are required to use to screen prospective gun buyers for their criminal history.


Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, assault on his spouse and assault on their child, spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday.

He was discharged for the assault involving his previous wife and her child and had served a year of confinement after a court-martial.

Wray said that over an 11-month period, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been unable to access the content of over 6,900 mobile devices, "even though we had the legal authority to do so". All three weapons were purchased by Kelley, said Fred Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Houston.

- There appears to have been "roughly just over 50" people at the church service, with "very few" of them uninjured, officials said.

On November 6 Breitbart News reported that the gunman, Devin Kelley, passed a background check in 2016 to acquire his rifle. "We don't know yet".

Authorities have reviewed video from inside church. Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin says the mass shooting stemmed from a domestic situation and was not racially or religiously motivated.

The gunman's phone was flown to an Federal Bureau of Investigation lab for analysis, but agents have yet to access it, said Christopher Combs, who is in charge of the agency's San Antonio division. Investigators said those killed ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years old. Twenty others were injured, 10 of the critically, authorities said.



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