Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who unleashed a torrent of bullets on churchgoers Sunday, shot himself after fleeing from police.
Independent Journal Review previously reported on Kelley's death, but it was unclear whether he killed himself or died at the hands of police. According to Reuters, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed Kelley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after wrecking his vehicle and crossing over into a neighboring county.
“At this time, we believe that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he wrecked out,” Tackitt said. Before his death, Kelley exchanged gunfire with two armed citizens.
Kelley's massacre left many injured and at least 26 people dead, including the 14-year-old daughter of First Baptist Church's pastor. While wearing tactical gear and a ballistics vest, Kelley opened fire on attendees at a service around 11:20 a.m. local time. Police and the FBI arrived on the scene after a cashier heard successive gunshots from across the street.
NBC News searched Kelley's criminal records, which revealed only minor vehicle-related violations.
“I am numb,” Dave Ivey, Kelley's uncle, said. “My family will suffer because of his coward actions. ... I am so sorry for the victims in Texas.”