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James Holmes

Cops Disarm First Explosive Device in His Apt.

7/21/2012 1:00 PM PDT UPDATED: 7/21/2012 4:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_bar 4:39 PM PT -- The Aurora PD just tweeted: "UPDATE: All hazards have been removed from the Paris Street location." Paris Street location = Holmes' apartment.

1:55 PM PT -- Police just completed a press conference where Chief Daniel Oates described the apartment by saying, "Make no mistake, this apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it."

11:50 AM PT -- Police say they have "been successful in disabling a second triggering device through a controlled detonation ... Although NOT certain, we are hopeful we have eliminated the remaining major threats."

10:40 AM PT -- Cops successfully completed a controlled detonation inside the apartment. Police released a statement saying, "The controlled detonation was successful. Still more work to be done in the apartment to include dealing with other devices. There is a possibility of more controlled detonations. We will keep you updated. Streets open now."

10:30 AM PT -- Cops released a statement about the explosive, saying, "The Device was designed to kill a person if they entered. This could have been meant for law enforcement or emergency personnel."Police in Aurora, CO have disarmed the trip wire and first explosive device at the apartment of James Holmes, the suspect in Colorado shooting massacre. 

Cops have no timetable for how long it will take to disarm all the devices inside the apartment, but they are "confident" they will complete the task today.

Police say there are approximately 30 various devices inside and an additional 30 aerial shells.

Holmes told police his apartment was booby-trapped at the time of his arrest. Since then, however, police say he has been uncooperative.


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Joan K    

To think tht they are some people telling the public to feel sorry for this POS, he even wanted to take out more then what he already did by rigging his apartment. I am just relieved that the police didn't go in there and fulfill the rest of this creeps dreams.

822 days ago

Cheryl A.    

Be cafeful fellas, take your time. We don't need any more innocent lives taken.

822 days ago


Wishing these brave people strength and a steady hand as they unravel the work of a deranged subhuman. First responders take their lives in their hands as they rush towards the dangers. These explosion experts are equally as brave as they patiently clean up after these creeps whose brilliant, scientific minds have been rewired to harm instead of help people.

822 days ago


He should be considered a Terriorist !!

822 days ago

Eldridge Cleaver    

This fahker was so calculating. Down to the tear gas, gas mask, tactical helmet, groin protector, 6000 rounds of ammo, 4 guns, an apartment filled with booby traps and music blaring so some poor innocent gets blown up knocking at the door. I hope he gets F'd in the A in prison on the daily.

822 days ago

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

They should just have leveled the place. Besides, that building is insured. Guaranteed, whatever they find in there, it will help him in his case for an Insanity plea.

822 days ago


thats insane why would you do this to your own place and this guy should never see another horror/action movie again

822 days ago

Its Me    

Hoping these very brave gentlemen and ladies have a successful day and disarm all of those explosives without incident.

822 days ago

Walter WalkerIII    

why are you trying become a Legitimate news source? You are NOT telling me anything i haven't already heard from a real news are just reformatting the news

822 days ago

the real diva    

what a sick is scary how he could have caused more damage could have been more tragedies. so awful. . give him the chair. .or he ends up in a prison where prisoners can deal with him. i hope this guy has a awful life behind bars. he deserves it.

822 days ago


Yeah this guy definitely thinks he is the Joker.

822 days ago


Holla! Also heard Holmes used to be a kiddie camp counselor before he went off the deep end. But holla - A sentence of Life Without Parole - sometimes means go free

Can we do something about our insane parole and gun laws?

822 days ago


Holmes is despicable egotistical trash.
He planned it out very carefully, he wants notoriety around the world for being the "joker" who committed these crimes.
Claiming he did it because he's allegedly mentally ill, is as bad as claiming a selfish despicable woman murders her own babies because of so-called postpartum depression...instead of calling it what it is, selfishness.

822 days ago


Nothing adds up about this tragedy and this guy. He spent thousands of dollars of the stuff he used yet he was supposedly an unemployed med student. He kills a bunch of random strangers then calmly allows himself to be arrested and warns the cops of explosives so they wouldn't get hurt when they entered his apartment. WHY? Why would he suddenly cooperate after spending who knows how long setting up all those devices in his apartment? It will be interesting to hear what this kid has to say in the coming weeks. I do hope he ends up on death row though. Rotten little b@stard.

822 days ago


Rewarding attention-seeking behavior with attention encourages more attention-seeking behavior. Enough with the coverage of this flake already.

822 days ago
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