Church shooter escaped from behavioral center after making threats

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 06:18PM
Man accused of Texas church massacre had escaped from a behavorial center in 2012


EL PASO, Texas - The man accused of shooting and killing 26 people and wounding nearly two dozen more at a Texas church escaped from a behavioral center in 2012, according to an El Paso police report.

That likely should've been reported to federal authorities to include in background checks and if it was, it should've prevented him from buying weapons. We asked the Air Force if it was reported, but haven't yet heard back.

Devin Kelley had been checked in the facility because he had "already been caught sneaking firearms into Holloman Air Force base" and was "attempting to carry out death threats he had already made on his military chain of command."

Kelley escaped the Peak Behavioral Health Services in Sunland Park, New Mexico. According to a police report, he was first reported missing by one of the facility's employees around 11:20 p.m., June 13, 2012.

The police report states that once the officers located Kelley in Downtown El Paso, he did not resist or make any comments about harming himself or others. The El Paso Police released Kelley to Sunland Park Police Officers to be returned to the facility.

This could be the second inexcusable lapse in the federal gun control system designed to keep people from buying weapons.

Monday, ABC13 reported the Air Force neglected to report Kelley's domestic violence convictions to the federal database.
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