Texas Mass Shooter Once Escaped From Mental Health Facility While Awaiting Military Court Martial

ABC affiliate WFAA reports:

The gunman in the worst mass killing in Texas history escaped from a mental health institution in New Mexico, threatened his Air Force chain of command while facing military charges of domestic violence, and “had already been caught sneaking firearms onto” an air base, according to a 2012 El Paso Police Department report obtained by WFAA.

El Paso police arrested Devin Kelley on June 7, 2012, at a Greyhound bus station a stone’s throw from the U.S.-Mexico border after he escaped the Peak Behavioral Health Services facility about 12 miles away in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, according to the police report.

At the time, Kelley was facing a court martial on charges that he beat his wife and her son at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico about 100 miles north of El Paso. It’s unclear when Kelley was confined to the mental health facility, which is near Sunland Park, New Mexico.

  • bkmn

    Trump’s VP pick for 2020?

  • Treant

    So it sounds like an ethical, bureaucratic, and legal fuckup all around. This guy shouldn’t’ve ever been able to get a gun, nor even be in the same room as one.

    • bkmn

      I would like to know who made the decision to not prevent him from buying additional weapons.

      • David Walker

        The Fucking Moron when he signed the bill OKing the right of the mentally challenged to buy guns. I will say that I don’t know when he bought this assault weapon, but it wouldn’t matter because of the “oops” from the Air Force on the domestic violence charge and everything else. Walking Teflon.

  • clay

    But it was the antidepressants, not the insanity.
    But it was a domestic issue, not his love of military weaponry.
    But it was a mental health issue, not that we do much more for that than rabid gun ownership.


  • coram nobis

    Now, class, how many breaches of the UCMJ should he have been charged for, for that incident? And does Holloman AFB have a stockade for pretrial custody?

  • greenmanTN

    OT, Trae Crowder and friends do a show at a gay nudist camp.


    • Strepsi

      That could NEVER be off-topic.

    • TrueWords
    • boobert

      I have many friends that have been there. They even had a car show there, lol.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Auto buffs?

        • TheManicMechanic

          Well played!

    • AJ Drew

      “these ass-nekkid fellas, that’s a long story.”

      Oh, how many of us have said that to someone? (parent, landlord, boss…) /s

    • The_Wretched

      Absolutely hilarious.

    • TrueWords
    • Bluto

      That was ballsy. & well done.

    • boobert

      There must have been several erections when that red bearded one was playing ping pong.

    • David Walker

      Thanks. That was wonderful. I had a friend who went there every summer for another group of naturists. He invited me and I never went. We had our own naturist moments. More than sufficient.

    • jerry

      I actually live around 20 miles from a gay campground, and have never been. Another male-only clothing-optional one is maybe 100 miles away. Since I already live in a small town, I go to cities on vacation, generally timed with big gay events.

  • TrueWords

    White “straight” male privilege literally means never having to say you’re sorry. No one looks at you as a terrorist or a “bad person”. No one is going to delve into the real issue that is bigger than just you and what you did. There will be no bans, no extreme vetting, no changes in current laws, it will continue to go on.

    There will be discussions as to what could have gone wrong in your life and they will come up with some reason to explain the HORRIBLE thing that you did.

    There will even be the assertion that WE as a society could have done MORE for you.; however in this case there was some SERIOUS ball dropping by the military.

    The President and the media will continually paint you as a victim and excuse your behaviors.


  • peacfulseas inWA

    OT: On a happier note today is our 42nd anniversary , 15 as a same sex couple. Many many yrs ago my family exclaimed if anything happened between us ” We get Mary “. Yeah she’s that great a person!

    • Jeffg166

      I knew they liked her better.

      • peacfulseas inWA

        Not at first.

    • boobert
      • Bj Lincoln

        I play that for the wife on ours every year. 🙂

    • John30013

      So 16 years ago you *weren’t* a same-sex couple? 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Seriously, congrats! Hubby and I celebrated 24 years together this year. Our 2nd wedding anniversary is coming up two weeks from today.

  • crewman

    Is it actually legal that if you see someone committing a violent crime like this, to chase them down and shoot them? I guess you can make the argument they could hurt other people. I don’t really know where legal lines are around this kind of thing.

    • Tulle Christensen

      In Texas? you have to ask? I think they call it expand your ground

      • MBear

        that happens at the buffet

    • The_Wretched

      Generally? Probably counts as ‘self defense of a 3rd party’. You’d have to be non-negligent about how you did it, however. Shooting someone other than a villainous gun man would be negligent on its face. It’s also held to at least a minimal standard that your use of force was proportionate to the threat. So if someone was menacing a victim with a pool noodle or a screwdriver, you might be disproportionate to unload an uzi into them. Once you’re out of ‘reasonable’, you may well be into ‘manslaughter’ or murder territory.

    • Karl Dubhe

      I’d bet that if you shot the wrong person, you’d be in a deeper world of shit.

      Or at least, I’d hope that would be the consequence. But what do I know? 🙂

  • netxtown

    ticking, ticking….

  • zhera

    Aah, yes. A good christian man. Married with kids. Served in the military. White as snow. Why shouldn’t he have a gun? No reason to suspect anything bad from him! He probably prays to White Jeeziz every night!

    obvious /s is obvious

  • Lumpy Gaga


    Exactly how many flags does one need….?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      (Apparently the white flag is the only one which matters….)

    • Treant

      319. Because the previous record is 318. We’ll change that should somebody sicker come along, of course.

    • Tulle Christensen

      They were all false flags cooked up by the gubermant to take this mans guns from him, It is a testament to the 2nd commandment that they failed

      • OdieDenCO

        thou shall not make graven images? they do seem to worship their phallic symbols.

    • AJ Drew
  • fastlanestranger

    Has anyone contacted Pat Robertson to get his important take on this development?

    • Gianni

      Pat hopped right on it and has declared that ‘anti-depressants’ are the nexus of all these mass shoot-ups. Before you scoff, remember that God talks to Pat and reveals these truths to him.

      • fastlanestranger

        Oh my we’re lucky to be blessed with such a conduit!

  • popebuck1

    See, what were we to do? There were just NO red flags!

  • boobert

    He’s a perfect example why we need to tighten up gun laws. A paperwork glitch allowed him to purchase them. Critics are saying he would have gotten them anyway. But it also may have stopped him. Doing nothing doesn’t work . Fix the gun laws !

    • Frank McCormick

      The entire registration database is on paper BY LAW. Talk about rigged systems!

    • Paula

      I agree, the laws need to be made stronger. The Air Force really screwed up on this one. I hope nobody ever lets them forget that.

  • Jeffg166

    He was nuts. He was a Baptist. Same thing isn’t it?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I’m so glad Trump made it easier for the mentally ill to buy guns. SMFH!!!

    • Halou

      A rule Obama put in place? Must remove for spite, and to hell with the consequences.

    • Gianni

      True. He did it by overturning the specific regulation to prevent mentally disturbed people from easily getting a gun. Now, he declares and laments that the mentally disturbed among us shouldn’t be able to acquire guns. Seems that the self-declared “one of the great memories” has forgotten all about that in his eagerness to overturn any regulation that was made during President Obama’s admin. We, the citizens are the ones under the Trump gun and seriously beginning to pay the price.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Why the hell wasn’t he checked into a nutfarm?

    Yah, there’s lots of things that need to get fixed in this world, eh? 🙁

    • MBear

      Texas counts as a nutfarm…?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Next, we will hear didnt have a drivers license, and probably attacked his neighbor over something ” trivial.”

  • netxtown

    Surely they aren’t saying that all the safety measures they have in place failed !!?? Or wait – there was a human involved in the error? Humans???

  • Gigi

    This was one of the worst mass shootings in American history. Trump himself said that the shooter had mental health issues yet the Trump administration, doing the bidding of the NRA, revoked Obama-era gun checks for people with mental illness. If now isn’t the right time to talk about gun safety, then when?

    • Lizard

      Never. That’s the point. This way it’s either “It’s too soon to talk about guns, have some goddamn respect libtards” or “There hasn’t been a shooting in ages, so shut up about guns, libtards.”

  • Tomcat

    AMAZING that this man was not on EVERYONE’S radar, DAMMIT.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Thank you, republicans for making it harder for the Armed Forces, the local law enforcement agencies and the BATF to communicate with each other. Had republicans not took gun lobby money but instead passed legislation to streamline inter government criminal records communication, Kelly wouldn’t have been able to purchase four firearms.
    Gun manufacturers and dealer profits are more important to republicans than innocent lives lost because they get a cut of the blood money.

  • DavidAZ

    I look to the day when the annual NRA convention has to deal with 8 Jeebus-lovin’ body armored white guys packin’ fully automatic AR-15’s (with silencers), grenades and C-4 satchel bags. Chain locked exits will pretty much guarantee a body count of at least 2,000. Will THAT get their attention? Thoughts & prayers, people. Thoughts & prayers.

    • Gianni

      Does the NRA allow guns to be carried into their conventions?

      • DavidAZ

        I somehow suspect those guys aren’t going to be all that concerned about the NRA open-carry convention policy. That is unless the other 80,000 attendees are also wearing body armor. But no, there is no official NRA prohibition for bringing firearms onto the convention floor.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        I believe the answer is no.

      • Chucktech

        Most certainly not! What, do you think the NRA is crazy??

        • Gianni

          🙂 Well, something along that line, yes, I do. However, considering their motto about the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, there’d be an overload of ‘good guys’ with them there guns ready to blaze away just in case. Plus, the optics would be positive proof of how right they are.

  • yes b’y
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    No doubt, the NRA is thrilled that Trump repealed the restriction on the sale of guns to the mentally ill.

  • boatboy_srq

    Too wingnutty for the USAF.

    Imagine that.

  • boatboy_srq


    had already been caught sneaking firearms onto” an air base

    So, not enough munitions already there, so he had to go get some more that he could keep under his pillow or something?

  • leastyebejudged

    Tell me again why this isn’t being used as an example of why we need national health care, INCLUDING national mental heath services ?