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James Holmes' psychiatrist talked with university police before shooting


AURORA (WKOW)-- The psychiatrist who treated suspected movie-theater shooter, James Holmes, made contact with a University of Colorado police officer to show concerns about her patient's behavior several weeks before Holmes' alleged rampage, sources told ABC News.

The sources didn't know what the officer approached by Dr. Lynne Fenton did with the information, but an officer was recently interviewed, as part of the ongoing investigation.

Fenton would have had to have serious concerns to break confidentiality with her patient to reach out to police.  Under Colorado law, a psychiatrist can legally breach confidentiality with a patient if he or she becomes aware of a serious and imminent threat that their patient could cause harm to others. 

ABC News and affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver first reported Wednesday that Fenton had contacted other members of the university's threat-assessment team about her concerns. The university-wide, threat-assessment team reportedly never met to discuss Holmes after he announced his intent to withdraw from the University nearly six weeks before the July 20 shooting that left 12 dead and 58 injured.

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, the university said campus police officers are involved in meetings with the university's Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment Team.  Police involvement with that threat assessment could include security matters, badge access, background checks, wellness checks, and criminal investigations

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