Authorities are still piecing together the horrific Sunday slaying in Sutherland, Texas that was carried out by Devin Kelley inside of his ex in-laws’ church.
Kelley, who was able to purchase a firearm after the Air Force neglected to complete required paperwork submittals stemming from his discharge and criminal record, was killed during a chase that followed the altercation thus negating any ability to be interviewed. This has prompted law enforcement to thoroughly and immediately dig into the former airman’s past, and the information that they are finding is astonishing.
“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 officers with the El Paso, police were dispatched to a bus terminal after Devin P. Kelley‘s escape from a behavioral facility about seven miles away in New Mexico. Officers wrote they were told Kelley, who intended to take a bus out of the state, ‘was a danger to himself and others’ at the time and noted that he ‘was also facing military criminal charges.’
“This incident occurred the same year that Kelley was court-martialed. He was charged with abusing his wife and her son between April 2011 and April 2012 and then sentenced in November 2012, according to Air Force documents.”
Further investigations into Kelley revealed that he was an avowed atheist who constantly annoyed and harassed his online circle of acquaintances with his anti-religious rants.
Kelley’s conviction for domestic abuse should have prevented the madman from purchasing the firearm used in the attack, but the Air Force did not complete its due diligence in filing such paperwork. In the wake of this revelation, the Air Force has admitted that this could be a systemic issue in need for massive, immediate attention.
Furthermore, authorities are now admitting that Kelley was involved in a text message spat with his former mother in-law shortly before he arrived at her church and began firing deliberately into the pews.
Luckily for those involved, two random American heroes happened to be alerted to the shooting and responded in kind, injuring Kelley as he fled. The pair chased Kelley for some time before the mass murder stopped his vehicle and ended his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.