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Updated 7:45 p.m. ET: The scene inside Theater 9 was pure chaos and horror: bloodied victims crawling for the exits past motionless bodies, the smell of tear gas stinging the disbelieving eyes of police officers, cellphones ringing all around.
Just a few feet away, though, in the multiplex parking lot, James Holmes was the picture of calm, “just standing there” in a helmet, gas mask and body armor, staring off into the distance.
“He seemed very detached from it all,” Officer Jason Oviatt of the Aurora, Colo., Police Department testified Monday as a preliminary hearing got under way with graphic testimony about the July 20 carnage at a midnight screening of a Batman movie.
“Very, very relaxed.”
Oviatt was the first witness at a hearing that saw a veteran officer break down on the stand as he described finding the body of a 6-year-old girl – one of 12 people killed and 58 wounded in the ambush.
Victims’ relatives sat quietly in the courtroom as officers recalled how one wounded woman stopped breathing every time she was moved, another victim gasped for breath on the way to the hospital, a third kept asking if his wife would live.
One cop spoke of a sound that will probably haunt him forever: the slosh of blood in the back seat of the car he used to take six people from the Century 16 cinema to the hospital.
Through all the gut-wrenching testimony – which included the revelation that Holmes, 25, bought his ticket to the movie 12 days before the screening – the bearded massacre suspect did not react.
His demeanor was apparently not that different from the one Oviatt encountered in the parking lot last summer.
Oviatt was on the graveyard shift in the Denver suburb when the call about the shooting came in. He followed a trail of blood to the back of the building and found Holmes standing by a car in SWAT-type gear.
He thought he was a police officer, but as he got closer, realized he was wrong.
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At gunpoint, he ordered the suspect to put up his hands and get on the ground, where he handcuffed him. Holmes – dripping with sweat, his pupils wildly dilated, reeking of body odor – did not display “normal emotional responses” and did not resist, he said.
The officers asked him if he was alone and Holmes responded with a strange smile, “like a smirk,” Officer Justin Grizzle testified.
There was a rifle by the car, and when Oviatt searched Holmes, he found two ammunition magazines in his pocket and two knives. Holmes volunteered that his home had been booby-trapped with “improvised explosive devices,” Oviatt said.
Officer Aaron Blue helped Oviatt search Holmes, but after the suspect was secure, his attention was drawn to the theater, where another cop was pulling out a woman who had been shot in the head and the leg.
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“Every time she moved, she stopped breathing,” Blue said.
The woman was Jessica Ghawi, 24, a blogger who had been tweeting about the movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” no long before Holmes allegedly tossed tear-gas canisters into the theater and opened fire.
Blue and the other officer took her to University Hospital, where she died.
Grizzle went into the theater, where he heard people screaming and stepped over an assault rifle left on the blood-slicked floor. Alarms were going off and “The Dark Knight Rises” was still playing on the screen. All around him, he saw still bodies and “some gunshot victims that were just crawling to get out."
He made four trips to the hospital with victims.
“I didn’t want anyone else to die,” he said.
On his first drive, Ashley Moser, 25, shot in the head and abdomen, was in the back seat. Her boyfriend kept asking, “That’s my wife. Is my wife going to live?” and tried to jump out of the car to find Ashley’s 6-year-daughter. The pregnant mom survived but later miscarried and was paralyzed. Her daughter, Veronica, died.
On another trip, standup comic Caleb Medley was in the back seat. He’d been shot in the face and was making terrible noises. Each time he stopped breathing, the officer, using an expletive, ordered him not to die. Medley survived and was released from the hospital in September.
By the time Grizzle was done transporting the wounded, he noticed his patrol car was spattered with blood.
“I could hear blood sloshing in the back,” he said.

I say fry this guy. What do you guys think?


  • It's crazy scum like this that makes me wish we still used hanging, or better yet, a firing squad for executions. Let him die the same way his victims did.
  • It makes me sick.
  • This is why it makes me angry when people want to say stuff like "Why do you need armor piercing bullets? Those are only good for killing cops and nothing else". While that is a legit concern, the bad guys wear kevlar too. This guy did. The North Hollywood guys in 1997 did. Some places, especially online, require proof of employment to buy body armor, but not everyone does. This theater had a no weapons policy, but even if they didn't the chance of a CCW holders bullets making a dent in this guy are so small. I don't think it's anyone's business what the average law-abiding citizen thinks is necessary for their own protection. There are legit reasons to want armor-piercing rounds, and most other weapons, in the civiian sector. There just are, and this whack-a-doodle proves it. Ok, I'm done ranting and getting off topic now.
  • wilavitt - I understand your argument but I have to disagree. It's true that the pistol rounds may not penetrate kevlar, but, it's not like they bounce off of it. Getting shot in the vest still packs a punch and will have an effect on the shooter. With that said if you train to be as proficient as possible with your duty and off-duty weapons you will know that there are ways to defeat body armor. However, an un-vetted forum like this is not the place to discuss those tactics. Suffice it to say that if you choose to legally carry a firearm (CCW) or if you have the duty to carry a firearm (off-duty leo) then you should take it upon yourself to hone your skills and be as proficient in it's use as possible.
  • I absolutely agree with all of that. Thankfully, I've never been shot (yet, hopefully never), so I don't know exactly what it feels like to get hit in the vest but I do know it isn't comfortable. But my point was that the gun grabbers are using arguments that aren't correct. Someone who wants to kill a cop will. We've see brave officers give their lives far too often. Especially since I've joined this site, because most of them aren't even covered in the news. To say the ONLY reason to buy armor piercing rounds is to kill a police officer is just not true. The bad guys do armor up as well. Also, look at the North Hollywood shootout footage. Those were big guys and the rounds hitting their vests didn't slow them down a bit. That incident is why cops carry all the firepower they do in their day-to-day duties now. The odds of a private citizen to ever need to pull their weapon is small, on the average, and the odds of them needing armor piercing rounds is almost negligable. But the point is, who the hell is the government to tell me what the average citizen does and doesn't need to protect themselves. Again, I do agree with everything you said. Also, you speak of tactics that shouldn't be shared in an open forum like this, yes, you and I have training the average citizen doesn't get in their CCW class. I never took the CCW class because I don't have to, so I don't know exactly what they teach, but it can't be more than fundamentals. I'm not talking about us, I'm talking about the average joe who might one day need those armor piercing rounds to save his life from some psycho who's armored up
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