Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt revealed additional information about the man who shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church over the weekend, including how they believe the man died.
On Sunday, a suspect police have identified as 26-year-old Devin Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, located east of San Antonio. Dressed in black tactical gear, he opened fire on the congregation, killing 26 and injuring 20.
On Monday morning, Sheriff Tackitt spoke to “CBS This Morning” and provided more information about the events surrounding the worst mass shooting in Texas history.
According to Tackitt, police believe Kelley was at a convenience store across from the church. He then walked around the church, “firing rounds.”
Tackitt said the suspect then approached the front door, went in and walked “all the way up to the front, firing as he was going, and then turned around” and exited the church.
“At that point, we believe he dropped his rifle,” Tackitt continued. “A citizen was across the street. They engaged in firefight for just a little bit. The suspect gets in his vehicle and takes off.”
Tackitt said two individuals conspired to follow the suspect after he fled. (Read more about them HERE.)
“There was some gunfire exchanged I think on the roadway also. And then he wrecked out,” Tackitt said.
Tackitt then revealed that the gunman may have shot himself.
“And at this time, we believe that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Tackitt said.
You may watch the interview in the video below.
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