Texas church shooter Devin Kelley escaped from a psychiatric hospital five years before carrying out the worst mass killing in Texas history, according to a police report released on Tuesday.
The report stated that El Paso police were advised Kelley, then 21, was a danger to himself and others as he had been caught smuggling firearms onto Holloman Air Base in New Mexico and was trying to carry out death threats against military superiors.
Kelley stormed the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday as services were being held, killing 26 people, including an 18-month-old and a pregnant woman, and wounding 20 others. Officials said that before the shooting Kelley sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law who attended the church but wasn’t there Sunday.
Police responded to the downtown bus terminal on June 13, 2012, around 11:30 p.m. to look for Kelley after he had escaped from Peak Behavioral Health Services near El Paso, according to the report first obtained by KPRC-TV.
Kelley had only been in the hospital for a few days before escaping, a Pentagon official told Fox News. Kelley was in pre-trial confinement on his base in New Mexico starting on June 8, when he did something to get him sent to the mental institution. The official could not confirm the reason he was sent off citing privacy law.[contentcards url=”http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/07/texas-church-shooter-devin-kelley-once-escaped-from-psychiatric-hospital-while-in-air-force.html” target=”_blank”]