Texas gunman threatened in-laws over text before shooting: authorities

Texas gunman threatened in-laws over text before shooting: authorities
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The suspect in the shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, reportedly sent what an official has described as “threatening text messages” to his in-laws before the attack. 

“There was a domestic situation going on within the family and the in-laws,” Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Freeman Martin said, as reported by Reuters.

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“The mother-in-law attended the church. We know he sent threatening ... that she had received threatening text messages from him.” 

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed during an interview with CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning that the suspect’s in-laws did attended First Baptist Church “from time to time,” but were not in attendance on Sunday.

Tackitt in a separate interview said the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Devin Kelley, shot himself after he “wrecked out” fleeing the scene of the shooting.

Twenty-six people were killed after a man opened fire on Sunday in the Sutherland Springs church.

The Washington Post reported that Kelley, a former Air Force member, was court-martialed in 2012 and subsequently sentenced to one year in military jail for attacking his spouse and child.