Legal help for victims and their families of the Texas church shooting.
We’re filing lawsuits against the military that may result in compensation for the surviving victims and the victims’ families.
Sutherland Springs Church Shooting
On November 5, 2017, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 in the largest mass shooting in Texas’ state history. Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas during the church service, firing a Ruger AR assault-type rifle. After the deadly attack, Kelley fled the scene and a car chase ensued. The gunman was soon after found dead - with the attacker dead, who is to blame for the victims and their grieving families? There is more to the story.
At Benedetto Law, we’re helping victims and their loved ones of this horrible tragedy to pursue justice and recover compensation, aiming to hold the U.S. Military at fault.
Texas Church Shooting Civil Liability Lawsuit
In 2012, Kelley was found guilty of assaulting his wife, threatening her with a gun on four occasions, and hitting his son so hard that it fractured the young boy’s skull. So how was it that the former U.S. Air Force airman, with a history of domestic violence and discharged for bad conduct, was in possession of guns?
The Air Force failed to properly document the abuse conviction to civilian authorities, meaning Kelley was never entered into the federal system used to screen potential gun buyers.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated lapse in documentation - a 2015 Pentagon report found more than 300 cases were improperly documented in cases involving 1,102 criminally convicted service members in the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy between 2010-2012.
Is the U.S. Air Force to blame for the Texas shooting?
Here are the facts:
- In 2012, Kelley was found guilty of fracturing his young son’s skull, kicking and choking his wife, and threatening her with a gun.
- Devin Patrick Kelley was discharged from the Air Force for bad conduct.
- While on pretrial confinement in a mental health facility, Kelley snuck guns onto the Holloman Air Force base in attempts to follow through on death threats to his military chain of command.
- Per Kelley’s conviction, federal law made him ineligible for gun ownership.
- An Air Force reporting error lead to his crimes never being logged into the federal crime database.
Damages You May Receive
It’s important to understand your rights and seek help with an experienced mass shooting attorney who will determine fault and fight aggressively on your behalf to recover damages including:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Personal injuries
- Post traumatic stress disorder counseling
- Wrongful death
If you were injured or have a loved one injured or killed in the Texas church shooting, please contact us today: (800) 626-1155. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we recover a settlement for you.