Officials unable to access Texas church shooter's cellphone

FBI not saying what type of phone Devin Patrick Kelley used

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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – Officials are having trouble accessing the cellphone that was owned by Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley, an FBI official said Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, at this point in time, we're unable to get into that phone," FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said at a news conference. "I will not describe that type of phone because I don't want to encourage bad people to buy it."

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Combs said the problem highlights a known issue about how advanced technology is making it harder to access phones and uncover their encryption keys.

The phone was sent to FBI Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.

"We're working very hard to get into that phone, and that will continue until we find an answer," Combs said.

Once the phone is accessed, it will be turned over to the Texas Rangers.

Other significant details released from the news conference:

The rifle that Kelley used to kill 26 people and wound 30 others wasn't a fully automatic weapon. ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski said the rifle will be test fired to make 100 percent sure that's the case.

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents have secured the shell casings to see if the rifle was used in other shootings.

Lt. Corey Lain, of the Texas Rangers, said that 136 officers from the elite agency are assigned to the crime scene.

Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said investigators hope tp finish combing the crime scene Wednesday night.

Martin said he didn't know when the church would reopen.

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Audrey Louis, district attorney for the 81st District, said that the Crime Victims Compensation Fund from the Texas Attorney General's Office will help pay for funeral expenses. Lewis said $6,500 will be given to each family.

Mission Funeral Chapel, in San Antonio, has offered free caskets to the victims of the shootings, Lewis said.


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