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Texas Gunman Once Fled Mental Health Center, Threatened Superiors

Police reports indicate the gunman who killed more than two dozen at a small-town Texas church briefly escaped from a mental health center in New Mexico in 2012.

Posted: Nov 7, 2017 11:05 PM

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) - Police reports indicate the gunman who killed more than two dozen at a small-town Texas church briefly escaped from a mental health center in New Mexico in 2012.


The Air Force confirmed Tuesday that Devin Patrick Kelley had been treated in a facility after he was placed under pretrial confinement stemming from a court-martial on charges that he assaulted his then-wife and hit her child.

The service acknowledged Monday that it didn't enter Kelley's criminal history into the federal database as required by military rules.

Also, a police report from El Paso says Kelley was caught trying to bring guns onto Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico when he was stationed there.

Authorities say the death toll of 26 from Sunday's shooting includes the unborn baby of one of the women killed.

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