Apple is served search warrants in connection with church shooting in Texas

Texas Rangers investigating the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have served search warrants on Apple, seeking digital photos, messages, documents and other types of data that might have been stored by gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who was found with an iPhone after he killed himself.

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Court records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News show the warrants are for files stored on Kelley’s iPhone, a second mobile phone found near his body and for files stored in his iCloud account.

Apple’s policy regarding iCloud content states that material may be provided to law enforcement agencies if they obtain search warrants. However, when it comes to iPhones, Apple and the FBI have battled in the past over privacy concerns.

Kelley opened fire with an assault rifle at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio on Nov. 6. Twenty-six people died, and 20 others were wounded.