World Bulletin / News Desk
The psychiatrist who treated suspected movie-theater shooter James Holmes contacted a University of Colorado police officer to express concerns about Holmes' behavior several weeks before the rampage, ABC News reported, citing unnamed sources.
The sources did not know what the officer approached by Dr. Lynne Fenton did with the information she passed along, ABC said in a report late on Monday on its website.
They said, however, that the officer was recently interviewed, with an attorney present, by the Aurora,Colorado, Police Department as a part of the investigation of the July 20 shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded.
The sources said Fenton would have had to have serious concerns to break confidentiality with her patient to contact the police officer or others, the network said.
Holmes, 24, was a doctoral student of neuroscience at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus before turning in paperwork to drop out in June, the month before the shooting in an Auroratheater.
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 the patient might cause harm to others, ABCsaid. Psychiatrists can also breach confidentiality if a court has ordered them to do so.
University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery declined to comment to either Reuters or ABC on what, if anything, the university police officer might have done with information provided by Fenton.
She cited a court-issued gag order preventing her from confirming or denying any information related to Fenton or the shooting investigation.
In a written statement to ABC News, the university said campus police officers were 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."
Fenton is medical director for student mental health services on campus and was "instrumental" in establishing the behavioral threat-assessment team, according to the school.
"Dr. Fenton will not be providing a statement regarding the media reports as to her involvement with Mr. Holmes," her lawyer, Jane Mitchell, told Reuters in an e-mail.
Holmes was charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the shooting at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" movie in suburban Denver.
ABC News and affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver reported last week that Fenton had contacted other members of the university's threat-assessment team about her concerns.
Aurora police referred inquiries related to the shooting to the district attorney's office. Prosecutors declined to comment, citing a court order not to discuss the case.
The University of Colorado said last week it had hired a former federal prosecutor to conduct an internal review of the Denver-based campus' dealings with Holmes.
Holmes is being held without bail in solitary confinement to protect him from other inmates. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether they will seek the death penalty against Holmes.
Tillerson, speaking one week after President Donald Trump refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal and left its fate to the US Congress, said that he would address European allies' business concerns.
Until Spain's Senate convenes to discuss the government's move to start imposing direct control over Catalonia Puigdemont "can change course, can return to constitutional legality," Martinez-Maillo said.
One of the organisers said "more than 10,000" people turned out for the march to the trades union congress building. No official figure was immediately available.
The inspection was related to "concerns that several German car manufacturers may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices," a statement said.
Borut Pahor being tipped to return as president for second 5-year term
"We have reached a critical point," Rajoy told a press conference following an EU leaders summit in Brussels that backed his conservative government.
Just 40,000 people live on Canvey Island in Essex, a 40-minute train ride from London but a world apart from the British capital.
European Council President Donald Tusk hints at 'reflecting' on altering EU pre-accession funding to Turkey
The protests by leftwing radicals that sparked street battles with police and a paralysing nation-wide strike ignited brief fears of revolution and spooked then-president Charles de Gaulle.
Shia cleric sends fighters to ‘restore security’ in Kirkuk amid reports of ‘fierce’ fighting between Iraqi army, Peshmerga
British PM insists she is 'optimistic' after Brussels meeting
Pentagon ignores PKK/PYD's dedication of victory against ISIL to Abdullah Ocalan
‘Fierce’ clashes now underway in Kirkuk between Iraqi forces, Peshmerga fighters, official Iraqi sources report
EU leaders have made clear they will not agree on Friday to move talks on to the future trading relationship with Britain, saying there has not yet been enough progress on the terms of the divorce.
Gulen has a history of corruption and radicalism, Abraham R. Wagner says
The group kicked off its first working session in a seafront hotel on the island of Ischia on how to deal with the potential return to Europe of foreign fighters fleeing a crumbling Islamic State group.