The gunman who killed 26 churchgoers in Texas fled from a mental health clinic in 2012, according to a police report.
Officers in El Paso in West Texas who detained Devin Kelley five years ago said Kelley had been sent to a mental health facility after he was sent to the court-martial for assaulting his ex-wife and toddler stepson during a stint in US Air Force.
El Paso police arrested Kelley at a bus terminal in downtown El Paso in June 2012, according to a police report first reported by KPRC in Houston.
Officers wrote that later on Kelley fled peak behavioral health services in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The person who reported him missing from the facility told police Kelley “suffered from mental disorders”.
FBI investigators said on Tuesday they have been trying to unlock Kelley’s mobile phone, to better understand what led him to carry out the mass shooting.
“Unfortunately at this point in time, we are unable to get into that phone. With the advance of the technology and the phones and encryption’s, law enforcement — whetted it’s at the state, local or the federal level is increasingly not able to get into these phones,” said Christopher Combs, an FBI Special Agent-in-Charge.
Investigators are still probing a conflict between Kelley and his in-laws that appeared to have set off his rampage.
“There were questions regarding the suspect’s mother-in-law. On Sunday when this crime occurred, she was not in church,” said the FBI agent.
The dead ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years old. Twenty others were wounded, with 10 still in critical condition on Tuesday, officials said.
Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his getaway vehicle, where authorities found two handguns, said State Department of Public Safety spokesman Freeman Martin.
“We hope to finish up the crime scene investigation and all the forensic analysis by tomorrow night, and then that will be turned back over to the local officials,” said Martin. — Reuters