Report: Texas church shooter had once escaped mental health facility

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Additional details are continuing to surface about the gunman who committed the horrific mass murder at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday morning.

According to a 2012 El Paso Police Department report, during the time Devin Kelley was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, he was charged with a brutal assault against his then-wife and stepson. His stepson suffered a fractured skull in the attack.

Kelley was sent to the Peak Behavioral Health Services Center in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, but escaped from the facility on June 13, 2012, and fled to El Paso, Texas.

ABC’s WFAA reported: 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.

Police issued a warning that Kelley “was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms” onto the base, where he “was attempting to carry out death threats that (he) had made on his military chain of command.”

He was captured at a bus stop by El Paso police and turned back over to New Mexico police. Kelley was then ordered to serve a year in jail for the assault against wife and stepson and received a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2014.

Between 2014 and 2017, authorities say Kelley purchased at least four guns, and on Sunday, Nov. 5, he committed the worst mass murder in Texas history when he entered a small Texas church, killing 26 people and wounding another 20.

He was stopped by an armed neighbor, then ended up killing himself with a single shot to the head after crashing his vehicle when trying to flee.

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