Sunday 25 February 2018

Batman suspect looked relaxed after mass shooting

James Holmes, left, in a picture supplied by the Araphoe County Sheriff's office; above, relatives of shooting victims arriving in court for the hearing and, below, the accused in court last July after the shootings Nikhil Kumar

A police officer who was among the first to arrive at the scene of a mass shooting at a cinema screening of a Batman film in Colorado last July has described how the suspect appeared "relaxed" and "detached" in the immediate aftermath of the killings.

James Holmes, a 25 year-old former neuroscience graduate student, was arrested outside the Century 16 theatre shortly after the shooting which left 12 people dead and 58 others injured.

Officer Jason Oviatt said he initially thought Holmes was an officer himself, because he was wearing a gas mask and a helmet. "He was very, very relaxed," Office Oviatt said . "These were not normal reactions to anything. He seemed very detached from it all."

The details emerged at a preliminary court proceeding.

Holmes, accused of more than 160 counts, including murder and attempted murder, had bought a ticket to the screening of the new Batman film 'The Dark Knight Rises' and briefly entered the cinema before slipping back out to his car, according to authorities.

When he returned, the former student is said to have been dressed in body armour and a gas mask, and armed with the weapons with which he is accused of opening fire on the assembled moviegoers. (© Independent News Service)

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