Church shooter escaped Santa Teresa mental facility in 2012

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Devin Kelley, the man accused of shooting and killing 26 people inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas Sunday had escaped a Santa Teresa mental facility in 2012 and was detained by El Paso Police at the Greyhound Bus Station in Downtown El Paso.

According to a police report filed June 7, 2012, Kelly was reported missing from the Peak Behavioral Center. 

Officers reported that an employee of Peak Behavioral advised authorities that Kelley suffered from mental disorders and had planned to escape the facility and buy a bus ticket back to Holloman AFB. 

The Peak employee also told police that Kelley had previously been caught sneaking guns onto Holloman AFB and was attempting to carry out death threats to his military chain of command. 

The employee of Peak located Kelley at the bus stop and requested assistance from EPPD to transfer him back into the custody of Sunland Park Police in order to take him back to Peak Behavioral.

Kelley's first wife filed divorce paperwork on May 3, 2012, just a month before he escaped from the mental health facility. 

According to military officials, the U.S. Air Force failed to notify the FBI of Kelley's prior military convictions which is how he was able to legally buy weapons at a San Antonio area Academy Sports + Outdoors store. 


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