The Texas church shooter has been identified as Keith Thomas Kinnunen of River Oaks.
Per Heavy, Kinnunen has a long rap sheet in numerous different cities across America dating back to 1998. He’s been arrested and charged numerous times in Tucson, Forth Worth, and Grady County, Oklahoma, where he was arrested in a domestic violence case in in 2011 and charged with felony aggravated assault and battery.
He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault and battery charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given credit for already serving that time. In 2012, he was arrested again in Oklahoma and charged with third-degree arson. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to jail time in that case.
Fort Worth Police Department arrested Kinnunen and charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault in 2008, a search of Texas Department of Public Safety records shows. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor deadly conduct. According to state law, deadly conduct is when a person “recklessly engages in conduct that places another person in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.” He was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
In 2013, Kinnunen was again arrested in Fort Worth, DPS records show. He was charged with misdemeanor theft of property valued between $50 to $500. He pleaded guilty in 2014 and was sentenced to 50 days in jail.
Despite his previous arrests, Kinnunen was not on any sort of “watch” list said Matthew Desarno, special agent in charge of the FBI Dallas office.
NBCDFW reports the man who fatally shot two people at a White Settlement Church on Sunday before being killed by church security has been identified as a 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen, a River Oaks man with a criminal record, according to two law enforcement sources.
Kinnunen is believed to have been wearing a disguise, including a fake beard, when he stood up, pulled a shotgun from his clothing and opened fire inside the church killing 64-year-old Anton Wallace, a church deacon from Fort Worth, and 67-year-old Richard White, of River Oaks.
Volunteer church security immediately approached Kinnunen and returned fire, killing him.
NY DailyNews reports Kinnunen has been arrested several times in the past decade. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2009 and theft of property in 2003, according to the station. The River Oaks Police Department told the Daily News he was also charged with traffic violations in that city in 2015.
A year later, Kinnunen was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon in New Jersey, according to a 2016 news article on mycentraljersey.com.
#UPDATE on @OANN: Police identify shooter from yesterday’s attack which left three dead at a church in White Settlement, Texas as 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen. According to authorities he had a criminal record, including charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. pic.twitter.com/OppdzXleG3
— Emily Finn (@EmilyRoseFinn) December 30, 2019