Aurora shooting suspect's psychiatrist Dr Lynne Fenton had reportedly contacted a university police officer six weeks before the rampage regarding the behaviour of her patient, reports ABC News.
Quoting unidentified sources, ABC News reported the sources did not know what the officer did with the information obtained from Fenton. But, however, they said, the officer was recently interviewed, with an attorney present, by the Aurora Police Department as a part of the ongoing investigation of the shooting.
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The sources also mentioned that the Fenton's concern toward Holmes' behaviour must have been substantial so as to break the confidentiality with her patient to reach out to police officers or others. Under Colorado law, a psychiatrist can legally breach a pledge of confidentiality with a patient if he or she becomes aware of a serious and imminent threat that their patient might cause harm to others. Also, psychiatrists can breach confidentiality if a court has ordered them to do so.
Last week, ABC News' affiliate KMGH-TV reported that the psychiatrist had concerns over Holmes' behaviour and notified the Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment team that he could potentially be a danger to others. Once again, the television station based its story on the sources which it did not identify.
University of Colorado spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery declined to comment on what, if anything, the university police officer might have done with information provided by Fenton, citing a court-issued gag order preventing her from confirming or denying any information related to Fenton or the investigation.
In a written statement to ABC News, however, the university said campus police officers are 'frequently involved' in meetings of the university's Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment team.
The statement went on to say that police involvement with threat assessment 'could include security matters, badge access, background checks, wellness checks, criminal investigations and referrals and outreach to other law enforcement agencies.'
Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder for the shootings at the July 20 midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. Experts say he might face death penalty based on the charges.