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Colo. shooter’s psychiatrist had reported threats to cops



Published: Fri, April 5, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

DENVER

A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes told campus police a month before the Colorado theater attack that Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public, according to documents released Thursday.

Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, Denver, told police in June that Holmes also threatened and intimidated her. It was more than a month before the July 20 attack at a movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70.

In the days after the attack, campus police said they had never had contact with Holmes, who was a graduate student at the university.

But campus police told investigators after the shooting that Fenton had contacted them, following her legal requirement to report specific threats to authorities, according to a search warrant affidavit.

ā€œDr. Fenton advised 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,ā€ the affidavit said.

It added that she began to receive threatening text messages from Holmes ā€” after he stopped seeing her for counseling and before she made the report to campus police.


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