Texas church gunman escaped from mental health facility in 2012 after threatening military superiors

Wednesday, 08 November 2017, 03:34:21 AM. Authorities worked on multiple fronts Tuesday seeking a fuller portrait of the gunman who left at least 26 people dead at a Texas church.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The gunman who opened fire in a church outside San Antonio, killing at least 26 people, escaped from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base and "attempting to carry out death threats" made against military superiors, according to a police report. The report said that officers with the El Paso, Texas, police were dispatched to a bus terminal after Devin Kelley's escape from a behavioral facility about seven miles away in New Mexico. Officers wrote that they were told Kelley "was a danger to himself and others" at the time and noted that he "was also facing military criminal charges." Kelley was court-martialed that same year and convicted of abusing his wife and her son. The police report was first obtained Tuesday by KPRC, a Houston television station. This revelation came as authorities continued to seek a fuller portrait of Kelley and also probed a breakdown in military protocols that failed to flag a domestic violence conviction meant to keep him from buying firearms. Even as tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, began funerals and mourning that touch nearly every family, more chilling details emerged of how the black-clad attacker, Devin Kelley, methodically tried to take as many victims as possible as he stalked the pews of First Baptist Church. Officials say the gunman was inside the church for a lengthy period of time, moving around freely as he gunned down people gathered for Sunday morning services....Read more
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