It’s Unclear if CU Considered Holmes ‘High Risk’

DENVER, Colo. — The psychiatrist of accused killer James Holmes called campus police six weeks prior to the shooting in an Aurora, Colo. theater to do a background check on Holmes and express concern that he could hurt others.

It is unclear whether Dr. Lynne Fenton believed Holmes was a Level 4 threat — which the University of Colorado’s Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment (BETA) team defines as “high risk,” requiring a law enforcement response — or if she was just contacting police not connected to the team’s “Threat Assessment Matrix” guidelines, ABC News reports. The BETA team did not meet about Holmes or notify Aurora police when he left school.

Two weeks ago, a CU spokesperson said there were no guidelines for when the BETA team must meet and that the threat assessment matrix is a best practices document the team tried follow in most cases.

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