Church killer died after three gunshot wounds, the last one self inflicted
An autopsy has confirmed that the man who murdered 26 people at a church service Sunday suffered three gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted blow to the head, police confirmed.The man who confronted the killer and shot him with his own AR-15 was a local plumber and an NRA shooting instructor. He and another Texas man chased the killer in his SUV driving a pickup at 95 miles an hour while talking to law enforcement on a cell phone giving their location. The killer apparently shot himself in the head after his vehicle came to a stop in a ditch.
Devin Patrick Kelley had gunshots to the leg and the torso by the armed citizen who confronted him and a third shot to his head, consistent with a self-inflicted wound, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
DPS officials said hundreds of shell casings and more than 15 30-round capacity magazines were found at the scene of the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
FBI officials also confirmed that each time Kelley purchased guns, his name was run through FBI databases but nothing flagged his purchases.
...This was a very Texas response to stopping a criminal when no one else is there to do it for you.
When Stephen Willeford, 55, heard of the shooting, he left his house barefoot with his AR-15 and started exchanging fire with Kelley outside the church. An expert shot, Willeford hit Kelley and reportedly aimed for the gaps on his body armor. When Kelley got in an SUV and sped off, Willeford jumped in Johnnie Langendorff’s truck and told him to give chase.
Langendorff, 27, didn’t ask any questions. He followed Kelley at 95 mph down the highway, until the perpetrator ran off the road. Willeford jumped out of the truck and rested his rifle on top of Langendorff’s hood and shouted for Kelley to “get out.” The murderer apparently took his own life with a gunshot.