• Home

Lawsuit Filed Against Government For Sutherland Springs Shooting.

Posted: Updated:

AP- A couple whose son was among eight members of one family killed in a Texas church shooting has filed a legal claim with the U.S. Air Force, saying the military branch is partly to blame.     

Joe Holcombe and his wife Claryce say the Air Force's failure to report the gunman's criminal history to an FBI database used to check backgrounds of gun buyers helped cause the Nov. 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs that left more than two dozen dead.     

They filed the claim Tuesday in their 60-year-old son Bryan Holcombe's death. It could lead to a lawsuit if the Air Force denies it was at fault.     

Joe Holcombe says the Air Force made a "very serious mistake" and he doesn't want it to happen again.     

The Air Force said Tuesday that its investigation has confirmed that it failed to report Sutherland Springs gunman Devin Kelley's 2012 convictions for spousal and child abuse to civilian law enforcement authorities, and that it would correct lapses in the system over the next several weeks.

The Air Force Inspector General confirmed that Office of Special Investigations and Security Forces personnel at Holloman AFB in New Mexico didn’t report to an FBI database, as required of felony offenses, Kelley’s 12-month sentence for abuses that included fracturing his baby stepson’s skull.

“At this point we’ve found dozens that we’ve corrected, so we’re going through them case by case and as we find an error we correct it on the spot,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said, adding that she could not describe the nature of those offenses. “We’re not going to have any other information available until the complete review” is done.

Current Conditions
/