Late in the evening on June 13, according to the police report, the Peak official told El Paso police officers that Kelley was a missing person who "suffered from mental disorders" and had plans to run away from the facility and take a bus out of the state.
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. Indications suggest that Kelley might've been trying to carry out death threats he made against his superior officers at the time.
Had Kelley been convicted of sexual assault, he would likely have been prevented from purchasing a gun because federal guidelines prohibit sales to anyone convicted of a felony punishable by more than one year in prison. He served 12 months in jail for assaulting his family.
Authorities said Kelley had a domestic dispute with the parents of his second wife, whom he married in 2014, and had sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law before the shooting.
Officials said Kelley, 26, killed himself during a failed getaway attempt after he was wounded by an armed civilian who tried to stop him.
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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein along with the DoD IG will initiate an investigation to determine whether information about Kelley's conviction was properly entered into the National Criminal Information Center database.
The Air Force Inspector General is now conducting an investigation into what happened.
According to NPR, Kelley was arrested in 2012 and "was court-martialed for assaulting his then-wife and stepson". All three weapons were purchased by Kelley, said Fred Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Houston.
"We don't know what he was thinking or what was in his mind", Martin said.
"The DoD IG will also review relevant policies and procedures to ensure records from other cases across DoD have been reported correctly", said Mark Wright, acting deputy director of defense press operations.
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Classifying Kelley's discharge as "bad conduct" rather than as "dishonorable" also raises an important distinction when it comes to the question of how he was able to purchase the firearms used in the shooting.
"We're working very hard to get into the phone and that will continue until we find an answer", Combs said. Authorities believe he shot himself. Investigators said those killed ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years old.
Meanwhile at the First Baptist Church in tiny Sutherland Springs, investigators continued analyzing a gruesome crime scene and tried to gain access to the shooter's cellphone, a longstanding challenge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in thousands of other cases.
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Because of that conviction, Kelley shouldn't have been allowed to buy the gun he used in the Texas church shooting . The department of defense says Kelley had been court-martialed and convicted of domestic violence.