FBI cannot get into church shooter’s phone


Federal investigators have so far been unable to break into the phone of Devin Patrick Kelley, the suspect in Sunday’s deadly church massacre in Texas, which is setting up a possible encryption showdown with technology companies.

According to Christopher Combs, FBI special agent in charge, the authorities have been unable to get into Kelley’s phone due to encryption. That problem could rekindle a battle that gained national attention after Apple refused to help federal investigators break into an iPhone used by Syed Farook, the shooter who killed 14 in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015.

“It actually highlights an issue that you’ve all heard about before, with the advance of the technology and the phones and the encryptions,” Combs said at a press conference Tuesday. “Law enforcement — whether that’s at the state and local or at the federal level — is increasingly not able to get into these phones.”

Combs declined to reveal what type of cellphone Kelley owned.

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