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Texas Church Gunman Escaped From Mental Health Facility, Threatened USAF Superiors, Documents Show

Texas church shooter was in mental health center in New Mexico and briefly escaped in 2012


Texas shooter Devin Patrick Kelley

According to the New York Times, the gunman who killed 26 people in a rural Texas church on Sunday escaped from a psychiatric hospital while he was in the Air Force, after making death threats against his superiors and trying to smuggle weapons onto the base where he was stationed, a 2012 police report shows.

The New York Times reported that, the police took the man, Devin P. Kelley, into custody at a bus station in downtown El Paso, where he apparently planned to flee on a bus after escaping from Peak Behavioral Health Services, a hospital a few miles away in Santa Teresa, N.M. He was sent there after being charged in a military court with assaulting his wife and baby stepson, charges he later pleaded guilty to.

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