The man behind a recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas escaped from a mental health facility in New Mexico in 2012, according to documents obtained by KHOU 11 News.
KHOU on Tuesday reported that Devin Kelley was sent to the Peak Behavioral Health Services Center in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
Kelley – who had been sent to the facility after beating his wife and child while stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico – then escaped the center on June 13, 2012.
“[He] is a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking fire arms onto Holloman Air Force Base,” the missing person report filed about Kelley at the time said.
The report added that Kelley “was attempting to carry out death threats” he had made on his military chain of command.
Police across the state line in El Paso, Texas ultimately arrested Kelley at a bus stop there and returned him to authorities in New Mexico.
Kelley had been convicted of assault in a military court in 2012 for fracturing his young stepson’s skull.
Don Christensen, the service’s top prosecutor whose office oversaw Kelley’s Air Force prosecution, added that the latter was also convicted on another count of beating his wife.
Christensen said Kelley’s child was born in 2010 and the beatings started the following year, resulting subdural hematoma – or bleeding in the brain – from skull fractures and shaking.
Kelley ultimately offered a partial confession to the charges and entered a plea agreement that capped his sentence at three years.
The Air Force member served one years’ confinement for the convictions, and he also received a bad conduct discharge and a reduction to the service’s lowest rank.
Kelley opened fire last Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, killing at least 26 people and injuring at least 20 more.
The incident became the deadliest mass shooting at a house of worship in modern U.S. history, and the worst mass shooting Texas history.
Kelley was eventually found dead of a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound later Sunday after fleeing the scene of his rampage.