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Devin Patrick Kelley escaped a mental institution and was questioned in a sexual assault case
by Nathan'ette Burdine: November 7, 2017

First Baptist Church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley escaped a mental institution and was questioned for sexual assault in a case dating back to 2013.

A year before the sexual assault case, Kelley was a patient at the Peak Behavioral Health Institution.

He escaped and made it to El Paso, New Mexico, where two police officers detained him at a bus station.

Click 2 Houston cited a report by NBC News which stated that the former director for military affairs at the Peak Behavioral Health Institution, Xavier Alvarez, told the two officers that Kelley “was a danger to himself and others.”

Alvarez also stated that Kelley had threatened to kill his superiors and was caught trying to sneak guns onto the Air Force Base.

During the same year that Kelley escaped the mental institution, he was court martialed for domestic violence.

The end result was Kelley receiving a bad conduct discharge, confined for a year, and a reduce rank.

The Air Force, however, did not report Kelley’s conviction to the local and state authorities. As a result, Kelley was not placed in the database that would have flagged him as someone who should not be able to own a weapon.

On Monday, the Air Force acknowledged their failure to report Kelley to local and state authorities and said that they are looking into the matter.

Not long after both incidents in 2012, Kelley found himself in trouble again; this time for sexual assault.

Officials in Comal County Texas received a sexual assault complaint against Kelley in June 2013, but the case was placed on hold in October 2013.

Kelley wasn’t charged and a Comal County spokesperson told KSAT that they are trying to determine why the case wasn’t moved forward and are working with the state’s attorney general’s office on the matter.

The information about Kelley comes less than three days after he killed 26 people and injured more than 20 others, late Sunday morning, at the First Baptist Church located in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs.

Among those Kelley murdered were a toddler age 18 months and the church Pastor Frank Pomeroy’s 14-year-old daughter Annabelle Renee. Kelley was chased down by two civilians who ended up exchanging gunfire with him.

According to several reports, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are working on a bi-partisan bill that will prevent civilians and individuals serving in the military who have a domestic violence conviction from purchasing a gun.

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