The man who fatally shot 26 people in Texas earlier this week escaped from a psychiatric hospital in 2012. He was placed in the facility after he made death threats against his commanders in the US Air Force. The police officers who arrested him after his escape noted that he “was a danger to himself and others.”
The scene of the shooting and Kelley Photo Credit: Twitter/Sky News/Channel 2 News
When Devin Patrick Kelley, the shooter who fatally shot 26 people in Texas on Sunday, was in the US Air Force, he escaped from a psychiatric hospital where he was being held because he had made death threats against his commanders, the New York Times reported Tuesday. According to the report, Kelley also tried to smuggle weapons into the base where he was stationed.
Kelley was sent to Peak Behavioral Health Services after he was convicted of assaulting his wife and his stepson. He was caught when he was waiting to board a bus in El Paso in an attempt to flee the city, according to a police report from 2012.
The arresting officers noted that they were informed that Kelley “suffered from mental disorders” and “was attempting to carry out death threats” against his commanding officers in the air force. The officers wrote in their report that Kelley “was a danger to himself and others.”