President Calls TX Shooting "Mental Health Issue" – Now We Know Killer Escaped from Mental Health Hospital
The gunman who killed 26 people at a South Texas church Sunday, escaped from a mental health facility in New Mexico in 2012, according to documents obtained by KHOU 11 News.
Devin Kelley was admitted to the Peak Behavioral Health Services Center in Santa Teresa, New Mexico after beating his wife and child while stationed at Holloman Air Force Base.
On June 13, 2012, Kelley escaped from the center and fled across the state line to El Paso.
In the missing person report, Kelley was described as a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking fire arms onto Hollomon Air Force Base.?
The report said Kelley was attempting to carry out death threats? he had made on his military chain of command.
Soon after receiving the report, El Paso police arrested Kelley at a bus stop and turned him over to New Mexico police.
Kelley had been convicted of assault in a military court in 2012 for fracturing the skull of his young stepson, and the FBI should have barred him from buying the weapons, said Don Christensen, the service's top prosecutor whose office oversaw Kelley's Air Force prosecution. He also was convicted on another count for beating his wife.
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