NPR : News

Documents: Psychiatrist Warned Alleged Colorado Theater Shooter Was Threat

A University of Colorado Denver psychiatrist warned campus police that James Holmes, who is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., was a threat to the public.

That's according to a search warrant unsealed along with other documents on Thursday by an Arapahoe County District Judge.

The Denver Post reports:

"[Campus police officer Lynn] Whitten, told Aurora investigator Will Hinton that she had been advised by Dr. Lynne Fenton that "through her contact with James Holmes, she was reporting, per her requirement, his danger to the public due to homicidal statements he had made,' the warrant says.

"Whitten said Fenton had reported that 'she had been treating Holmes and that Holmes had stopped seeing her and had begun threatening her via text message,' the affidavit says.

"On July 21, Aurora Police Sgt. Bob Wesner spoke with Whitten. She advised him that Fenton had reported the threats by Holmes on June 12, 2012 and she had deactivated his student ID — which gave him access to buildings on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus — that same day."

Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty in Holmes' case. He's accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 in a mass shooting last July at a movie theater.

Colorado's 9News has posted all the documents. The news station reports that following the shootings police say they found a "Batman mask, a jar of bullets, a 12-gauge firearm, white powder and computer parts" in Holmes' car.

"Police found college books, alcohol, an empty container of Potassium permanganate - which has industrial and chemical uses, and prescription drugs in his apartment," 9News reports.

The documents were released after NPR, The Denver Post and other media sued to have them unsealed.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo' Full Of Loneliness And Longing

In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.
NPR

Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
NPR

Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
NPR

Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.