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10 November 2017, 12:58 | Colleen Roy
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The man accused of shooting and killing 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday escaped from a behavioral center in 2012, threatened his military superiors and tried to sneak weapons onto the Air Force base he lived on, according to reports from the El Paso Police Department that were uncovered by two local news outlets.
The person who reported the escape, according to the report, further warned that Kelley, then aged 21, had been "attempting to carry out death threats" against his military commanders and "suffered from mental disorders". Kelley reportedlypurchased four firearms in the past three years.
The Air Force is required by the Pentagon to report criminal behavior like Kelley's to the Federal Bureau of Investigation but failed to do so, according to the release.
"We have initiated a review in the Air Force to figure out why his fingerprint records were not transferred to the database", she said.
The El Paso report notes that Kelley was committed to a mental health facility in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, but at some point escaped and was later found by police at a bus station in downtown El Paso in June 2012.
Questions immediately arose-how did Kelley pass a background check, considering the fact that he had a domestic violence charge?
The man had been court-martial-ed for assaulting his first wife and stepson while serving in the force in 2012.
The district attorney for Comal County said in an interview that she became aware of the sexual assault case Monday before the records were released to The Associated Press and other media.
The sheriff said he was trying to determine how deputies came to believe Kelley had moved and why they did not continue to pursue the case, either in Colorado or after Kelley returned to the area later.
Kelley's troubled air force background has been a focus of investigators in the tiny Texas town of Sutherland Springs since he stormed into a church there on Sunday with a semiautomatic assault rifle and opened fire on worshipers. Apparently, he sent "threatening texts" to his mother-in-law, who was not at the church at the time but was a member.
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