10 November, 2017
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson promised to review why the USAF did not report Devin Kelley's domestic violence conviction to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kelley served in the Air Force from 2010 to 2014. The report, obtained by KPRC in Houston, also reveals that he made death threats against his military superiors and was trying to smuggle weapons onto base.
A major sporting goods dealer in San Antonio later confirmed that Kelley twice passed a required criminal background check when he bought guns there during the past year, despite having a criminal record that should have prevented those purchases.
"We have initiated a review in the Air Force to figure out why his fingerprint records were not transferred to the database", she said.
El Paso police arrested Kelley at a bus terminal in downtown El Paso in June, 2012.
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Two U.S. senators, Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, said they planned to co-sponsor legislation aimed at ensuring that anyone convicted of domestic violence, whether in civilian or military court, would be blocked from legally purchasing a gun.
The Comal County Sheriff's Office also announced Tuesday that gunman Devin Kelley had been accused of sexual assault in 2013, though the case was dropped.
Representative Mac Thornberry of Texas said in a statement that the air force should not be left to self-police after the incident, reported Reuters.
Kelley, 26, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday after killing 26 people and injuring 20 with an assault rifle at a church in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs. Texas's Republican Governor Greg Abbott told CBS News there was evidence that Kelley had mental health problems and had been denied a state gun permit.
Investigators believe Kelley acted alone in the church attack and was not motivated by any political or religious agenda, but perhaps by a domestic argument Kelley had with his mother-in-law, who is a member of the church's congregation but who was not in attendance during the attack.