Suspect in Texas church shooting served time in San Diego

Posted at 3:38 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 20:35:53-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Military officials have confirmed to 10News that the man suspected of gunning down more than two dozen people at a Texas church Sunday served 12 months in San Diego in 2014. 

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, is accused of killing 26 people and wounding 20 others at a Texas church on Sunday. 

Authorities said he was wearing tactical gear and a black mask with a white skull face.

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Kelley was a member of the Air Force, serving at Holloman AFB from 2010 until his discharge in 2014. 

In 2012, Kelley was court-martialed for two counts of assault on his then-wife and their child, the Air Force confirmed. He was sentenced to 12 months of confinement and a rank reduction. He and his wife divorced that year.

"Kelley was convicted by a general court-martial on two charges of domestic assault against his wife and step-son under Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He then served 12-months in confinement at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in California before being released with a Bad Conduct Discharge in 2014. He was also reduced in grade to E-1. Federal law prohibited him from buying or possessing firearms after this conviction."

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Initial information indicates that Kelley’s domestic violence offense was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database, according to officials. 

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein directed the Air Force Inspector General in collaboration with the Defense Department Inspector General to conduct a complete review of the Kelley case and relevant policies and procedures.

Kelley was then charged with animal cruelty – neglect or mistreatment in 2014. According to a police report from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, a woman called deputies just after 10 p.m. to report a Husky puppy running through the Fountain Creek RV Park, where Kelley was staying at the time.