• The FBI says it can’t access data on a phone used by Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 people on Sunday at a rural Texas church.
  • Apple said that it contacted the FBI but it has not yet received a request for technical assistance.

Another fight between Apple and the FBI is brewing, this time over an iPhone reportedly used by Devin Patrick Kelly, the man who went on a shooting rampage on Sunday killing 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

In a press conference on Tuesday, the FBI said that it hadn’t been able to access data on a phone used by the gunman. The Washington Post identified the phone as an iPhone.

“They’re in the process of looking at the phone,” Christopher Combs, the special agent leading the investigation into the shooting, told reporters on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to get into that phone.”

Combs’ comments suggest that critical clues to Kelley’s motivations or potential co-conspirators remain inaccessible on his device without knowing the password.

Apple told Business Insider that it reached out to the FBI after it saw the press conference on Tuesday.

“Our team immediately reached out to the FBI after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone. We offered assistance and said we would expedite our response to any legal process they send us,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.

“We work with law enforcement every day. We offer training to thousands of agents so they understand our devices and how they can quickly request information from Apple,” it continued.

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