Psychiatrist called cops about Holmes

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  • James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a Colorado theater
  • A psychiatrist treating Holmes called the police six weeks before shooting; she was concerned about his behavior
Psychiatrist called cops about Holmes

Dr. Lynee Fenton, the psychiatrist treating the man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage in a crowded Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, contacted the University of Colorado police about the alleged killer six weeks before the tragedy.

James Holmes is charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. The former doctoral student is facing 142 counts total, including 116 relating to attempted murder charges and one count of possessing explosive devices.

Read more: What's jail like for the Colorado shooting suspect?

HLN’s affiliate KMGH reports that Fenton was so concerned about Holmes that she called the campus police to find out if Holmes had a criminal history.

KMGH also reports that Dr. Fenton released Holmes' name to the police in an effort to protect other people, but after the initial phone call she never filled out the paperwork required for the police to detain Holmes.

Fenton also contacted the University of Colorado’s Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment, or BETA team, about her concerns regarding Holmes. When the team was considering whether to take action on Holmes, he dropped out school, and the team never took action.

 

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