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Photos, interviews and the military investigative file of an active shooter at Fort Campbell paint a picture of a father and husband pushed to the breaking point.

Bryan Castillo is now serving a sentence of two and half years after pleading guilty to several charges, including aggravated assault, after opening fire at Fort Campbell on Aug. 25, 2016.

The News 4 I-Team worked for a year to obtain the military’s investigative file, as very little has ever been released about what happened that day.

Mickey Williams, Castillo’s attorney, spoke for the first time about what led his client to open fire and then flee from military police.

“He just had all this pressure built up on him. And until eventually, he just snapped,” Williams said. "It's like throwing a match on a haystack with a bunch of gasoline."

At 23 years old, Castillo was struggling with what many parents contend with on a daily basis: childcare.

When his babysitter couldn’t show up and his wife working, Castillo went to her superiors to ask if he could bring his children to work.

All of the names and ranks of the people involved are blacked out in the military file, but a conflicting story is presented as to what happened next.

The file stated that one of Castillo’s sergeant’s states that he offered to show his own effective plan for childcare and the two did not have a verbal confrontation.

Another sergeant stated in the file that Castillo had shown disrespect to a non-commissioned officer event that morning.

But an Army specialist was also interviewed in the file, and told investigators that a sergeant told Castillo that he had to come back to work that same day, no excuse.

"In fact, (the sergeant said) you're going to come in here right now and if you don't we're going to get you for AWOL," Williams said.

Castillo and his wife both told Army investigators that the incident that morning as the latest example of mocking and torment by his two sergeants.

Not long after, Castillo returned to a hangar, armed with an assault rifle.

Castillo later told Army investigators what was going through his head, stating, “I remember saying this is it. I’m going to, I knew in my head, I am going to f*** with these guys. They’re not going to f*** with anybody after this.”

"He was like, this is what you guys have been doing to me. Tormenting me. Making me feel like a nobody. I'm just going to put the shoe on the other foot for once," Williams said.

Military photographs from inside the hangar show crime scene tape in a hallway and two bullet holes in the ceiling.

According to multiple witnesses, Castillo fired twice into the ceiling, yelling for the two sergeants.

"He's calling out for these two guys who have been pretty much tormenting him his entire time he's there,” Williams said.

The investigative file reads that in response to the gunfire, soldiers ran in different directions. Some headed into an office and locked the door.

Unable to find the two sergeants, Castillo’s attorney said he knew what would happen next.

"He knows he's going to jail. He just wants to say goodbye to his kids and his wife," Williams said.

According to the investigative file, Castillo fled the hangar and led military police on a high-speed chase through Fort Campbell.

Military police stated that at one point, Castillo recklessly veered off the road into a grass ditch and struck another vehicle.

When he ultimately ended up at his home and pulled into the driveway, military police moved in.

“Right before he can step in the house, that's when they tase him," Williams said.

Inside the home, investigators found a trove of weapons. His wife told investigators he was a collector of guns and cars.

Williams said his client never intended to kill anyone.

“He had the opportunity to do so, and he didn't do it," Williams said.

A public affairs officer for Fort Campbell said no one could comment on the investigation, including claims that Castillo was treated improperly by sergeants, because the case is under appeal.

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