Search warrant in Holmes case confirms CALL7 reporting

CU psychiatrist feared Holmes was 'homicidal'

DENVER - Documents released Thursday afternoon confirm reporting by CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia that University of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton reported to campus police that she received threats from James Holmes just weeks prior to the shooting rampage at the Aurora theater that killed 12 and injured dozens of others.

Aurora police Sgt. Bob Wesner was told by Anschutz Medical Campus police officer Lynn Whitten that Holmes' ID card was deactivated on June 12 because of Fenton’s concerns. The move was meant to prevent Holmes from accessing any locked facility on CU’s Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, where he was a student.

A day after the July 20 shooting, Wesner was told by a campus police officer that Fenton described Holmes as "having homicidal thoughts" and also stated that Holmes "had threatened her via e-mail/text messages," according to a search warrant.

Last summer, Ferrugia was the first to report that Fenton contacted campus police with concerns about Holmes.

Whitten told investigators about her contact with Holmes' psychiatrist some six weeks before the shooting.

According to the affidavit written by an Aurora police investigator, on June 12, 2012 Whitten says, "Dr. Fenton advised that through her contact with James Holmes she was reporting, per her requirement, his danger to the public to homicidal statements he had made."

The affidavit also states, "Additionally, Dr. Fenton was advising that she had been treating Holmes, and that Holmes had stopped seeing her and had begun threatening her via text message."

Ferrugia first reported in August 2012 that despite her concerns Fenton  declined to detain Holmes for a 72-hour mental health evaluation.

He reported that neither Fenton nor the CU threat assessment team took action because Holmes had made it known he was going to leave the university. 

The affidavit also references photos in which Holmes is wearing tactical gear and holding "what appeared to be a black semi-auto handgun, detonation devices, gas canisters, powder and liquid."

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