April 5th, 2013
01:28 AM ET

Holmes' doctor warned that he was dangerous

A psychiatrist, who treated suspected mass killer James Holmes, warned police a month before the Colorado theater shooting that Holmes had made homicidal statements and was a danger to the public, according to documents released this week.

It is unclear what was done with that information or if that warning could have helped stop the July 20 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens injured.

Holmes, a former doctoral student in neuroscience, faces 166 charges, including murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses, tied to the rampage during a screening of "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    "It is unclear...if that warning could have helped stop..."
    If police had investigated Holmes's residence, wouldn't they have found the tools of murder that he used?
    With a psychiatrist's warning, couldn't police have at least observed him occasionally?
    I think that the police were warned and did not act. They should have acted.

    April 5, 2013 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Nice way to pass the buck onto the police tho...
    The Doctor should have looked into the *root* cause of these observations of his so he could rectify them
    One being the Meds, where they the cause? is a question that he could have explored

    April 5, 2013 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The doctor did exactly what he should have done; there was no passing the buck. I realize that you conflate every crime in America to pharmaceuticals, but when a doctor is faced with someone like Holmes, getting to the *root* cause, as you put it, isn't going to help; it's past that point by then. Honestly, what on earth could have been "rectified" in that month?

      April 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    A couple of the most serious foes of the pharmaceutical industry since the crossing over of Mrs. Eddy post here regularly.
    In truth, I take as few medications as possible and refuse some recommended by my doctors.

    April 5, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    So the police knew, his school administrators knew, and everyone turned a blind eye until the inevitable rampage. This sounds just like the Major Hasan case on Fort Hood. In the good old days, before liberal judges commenced their reign of terror, this nut job would be safely away in a straight jacket in an insane asylum. But libs don't want anyone stigmatized or to hurt our little feelings and self esteem, so they order the loons free to walk among us. Then they try and seize firearms, as if that will fix the mess they created. Sadly, typical.

    April 5, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Oh sure, blame it on the doctor! @ Mary, he warned the police and by doing that he jeopardized his continueing to practise! I applaud him for doing the *right* thing and shame on the police for ignoring him!

    April 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • krm10007©

      It explains what happens in your native Pakistan. A lot of psychotics running around, everyone has AK47's, fake pills don't work, and cops don't care since they are actually helping those psychotics.

      April 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nacho Cheese Dip On A Friday Night In 1989

    Let's hope he gets out and gets the help he needs so he can live a normal life someday.

    April 7, 2013 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |