The first two witnesses to take the stand were Aurora police officers who responded to the theater and spotted Holmes standing by his car at the rear of the theater.
Officer Jason Oviatt said he first thought Holmes was a cop because he was wearing a gas mask and helmet, but as he got closer realized he was not an officer and held Holmes at gunpoint.snip>
"He was very, very relaxed," Oviatt said. "These were not normal reactions to anything. He seemed very detached from it all."
Oviatt said Holmes had extremely dilated pupils and smelled badly when he was arrested.
"He was very relaxed," Oviatt testified. "It was like there weren't normal emotional responses."
The officer said police found Holmes with his hands on top of his car, next to a semi automatic handgun.
Holmes said little but seemed to understand questions and instructions he received and cooperated with officers.
Holmes was "just standing there," Oviatt testified. "Not doing anything. Not in any hurry. Not excited. Not urgent about anything."
Court over for day. @AuroraPD ofcs/dets describe victim injuries and what they saw. No victim took stand #TheaterShooting #7NewsNow
Originally posted by GrantedBail
Holmes bought his ticket on July 8th. I knew all the opening night previews were sold out a couple of weeks before the showing. It sure shows he had been planning for at least 12 days.
One of the first police officers who arrived at the scene of the shooting told the court he initially thought Holmes was a policeman, due to the combat gear and gas mask he was wearing.
The officer said it was only when he saw everyone else fleeing apart from the masked man that he approached him.
He said Holmes simply stared into space, appearing "out of it" with hugely dilated pupils. He also said the gunman was dripping with sweat and smelled badly.