Kelley linked to 2013 Comal County sexual assault investigation

Comal County authorities on Tuesday said the man who shot and killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday was also involved in a sexual assault investigation in 2013.

Investigators have already uncovered that the gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, was convicted by a military court of domestic abuse and was released from the U.S. Air Force through a bad-conduct discharge. Earlier on Tuesday, an El Paso police report from 2012 indicated that Kelley had also tried to carry out death threats against his chain of command.

The latest discovery of information about Kelley by the Comal County sheriff’s office began as part of the investigation into the church shooting, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s office and first reported by KTBC-Fox 7.

“The suspect was discovered to have been involved in an alleged Sexual Assault that occurred in Comal County in 2013. The alleged sexual assault investigation stalled sometime in October 2013 for reasons yet to be determined,” the statement said. “Additionally, a call for service was located for a disturbance in February 2014 at the suspect’s residence. This call resulted in no offense report being generated.”

The statement concludes that “until a final determination is received by the District Attorney’s Office on the release of full reports regarding these calls, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office will have no additional information to provide.”

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