Apple served with search warrant over Sutherland Springs shooter's phone

Doris Richards
November 20, 2017

Investigators are requesting access to the shooter's iCloud account to search though messages, calls, social media, photos, videos, and essentially all other data since January 1.

On Nov. 5th in Sutherland Springs, Tx, Devin Patrick Kelley walked into a tiny church armed with an assault rifle and began firing into the congregation, killing 26 and injuring 20 in the worst mass shooting in the state's history. Local law enforcement has now served Apple with a search warrant in order to retrieve information from the smartphone.

Earlier, refuting the claims of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Apple reportedly said it offered to help the investigating agency in opening the attacker's encrypted iPhone.

This is a similar situation to the showdown between law enforcement and Apple related to the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. "I can assure you that we are working very hard to get into the phone".

It's still unclear exactly how law enforcement plans to gain access to files stores on the shooter's encrypted iPhone and whether Apple will be willing to help unlock the phone using a software key as was requested in the 2015 San Bernardino case. "We offered assistance and said we would expedite our response to any legal process they send us".

Two phones were discovered at the scene: an older push-button LG and what local media described as a "blood spattered" Apple iPhone SE.

As reported by The Washington Post, the mystery handset was indeed an iPhone.

Texas Ranger Kevin Wright obtained a search warrant on November 9th, MySanAntonio reports.

The technology giant's legal process guidelines state that it provides details "as legally required" through a centralized process of receiving, tracking, processing, and responding to legal requests.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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