Police Cannot Get Into Texas Massacre Gunman's Phone
The FBI said it is still unable to unlock the Texas shooter's phone 48 hours after he shot up a church Sunday morning.
Local authorities turned over Devin Patrick Kelley's cellphone to FBI for analysis after the 26-year-old walked into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and started shooting, killing 26 and wounding 20 before getting shot himself after a car chase.
"Unfortunately at this point in time we are unable to get into that phone," Christopher Combs, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Combs said the difficulty cracking the encryption on the phone is a sign of a growing problem for law enforcement.
"With the advance of the technology and the phones and the encryptions, law enforcement, whether it's at the state, local, or the federal level is increasingly not able to get into these phones," he stated.
Combs declined to describe the type of phone, citing concerns that bad actors would procure it for themselves.
He assured the FBI is working very hard to get into the device and will keep trying until they do so, which could be tomorrow, a month from now, or anytime.