APD Officer Grizzle said they had no cover and had to head toward the green laser.
They didn't find anyone, Grizzle said he turned around and found the green laser was pointed right at his chest and it was coming from the handgun on the roof of the car.
APD Officer Grizzle: "I'm hearing things that there's still shooting inside... I could see a green laser coming from southeast of me. I had a fear someone was hiding in the bushes to ambush us."
Prosecutor: Was he limp?
APD Officer Grizzle: He wasn't. He was helping himself.
APD Officer Grizzle also testifies the gunman was calm and not resisting. Said that behavior is consistent with other arrests he's been involved in.
APD Officer Grizzle said he saw Officer Sweeney and Officer Blue with the suspect by the car behind the theater.
APD Officer Grizzle: "I saw complete chaos, people running, people covered in blood. I saw a couple officers who appeared to be confronting someone."
APD Officer Grizzle: Says he arrived from the north through the parking lot, jumped over a sidewalk and curb
APD Officer Grizzle: Says he and his partner got there quickly, but it felt like it took forever.
BACKGROUND INFO ON APD Officer Justin Grizzle: According to a motion, he alleges that he asked Holmes if anyone was helping him. Grizzle alleges that Mr. Holmes smiled or smirked in response. The defense has previously asked that his testimony be blocked, because they argue the question was asked without administering Holmes' Miranda warnings.
- New Witness
Prosecution calls Aurora Police Officer Justin Grizzle.
APD Officer Blue dismissed from stand, may be asked to testify again.
Jury question: Did the suspect speak coherently?
APD Officer Blue: Yes.
Jury question: Did you state that you removed the shooter's protective gear with a knife?
APD Officer Blue: Yes.
Jury question: Have you seen other people being contained act similarly to the defendant?
APD Officer Blue: Yes.
The jury has questions for APD Officer Blue.
APD Officer Blue reiterates that the gunman never resisted arrest. Adds that he never tried to run.
APD Officer Blue says he and Officer Oviatt both helped remove the gunman's clothes.
Defense asks APD Officer Blue about the gunman's statement about the guns and explosives. Blue said the gunman volunteered the information about the explosives.
Defense Attorney Dan King asking APD Officer Blue to describe timeline of events again.
Defense will cross-examine APD Officer Blue.
APD Officer Blue said he stayed at the theater until 9 or 10 in the morning.
APD Officer Blue returned to the theater - officers were also trying to contain the entire mall area.
APD Officer Blue on the ride to the hospital: "It seemed like it took forever... she was gagging for breath... it just took forever." The woman was Jessica Ghawi.
APD Officer Blue: "They were bringing out a woman who had been shot in the head." Blue helped her into the car and held her airway open in the backseat. Another officer drove.
APD Officer Blue said he went to get his patrol car and brought it to the back of the theater. "There were cars everywhere... people everywhere... I had to zig zag and go over a couple curbs."
APD Officer Blue said the gunman never showed confusion about what police asked him to do.
APD Officer Blue said he asked if Officer Oviatt was in control of the suspect and left at that point.
APD Officer Blue says gunman was cooperative when they put him back in the patrol car after the full strip search.
@LG: Yes! Can you imagine? They were hiding right near the gunman.
Judge Samour calls 20 minute break.
APD Officer Oviatt released from stand, but may be called to testify again.
Jury question: Did anyone contain the white vehicle while you were searching the suspect?
APD Officer Oviatt: There was no one in the vehicle, it was cleared while suspect was searched.
Jury question: Why was the suspect kept at the scene so long?
APD Officer Oviatt: All the officers on scene were busy evacuating the theater... getting the victims to hospitals.
Jury question: Did the defendant say anything to you.
APD Officer Oviatt: Only overheard statements made to other officers.
Jury question: Did you force him down to the ground?
APD Officer Oviatt: I had him in a control hold... he wasn't resisting... I guided him to his knees.
Jury question: How many people were behind the theater when you arrived?
APD Officer Oviatt: Officer Sweeney, 2 injured people and the person in the Dumpster he didn't discover until later.
Jury quesiton: Can you demonstrate how his arms were resting on the car?
APD Officer Oviatt demonstrates.
Jury question: Clarify use of word "vacant" to describe the suspect.
APD Officer Oviatt: By vacant I mean not displaying any outward emotion.
@EricaL.: Interesting question, I'm not sure. But they are being accommodating in this instance.
Jury has questions for APD Officer Oviatt.