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AURORA, Colorado -- US police have recovered a computer belonging to alleged Batman theater gunman James Holmes, which could provide vital clues to how he planned the massacre, a senior officer said Sunday.
Aurora police chief Dan Oates also revealed that Holmes could have been mistaken for an arriving SWAT officer, because of his full body armor, but praised his men for spotting him as a suspect.
The computer was found inside his apartment, which officers only got access to late Saturday after clearing sophisticated booby traps rigged up inside, apparently intended to kill police arriving after the shootings.
"I'm told there was a computer inside the apartment and with the assistance of the FBI that computer will be completely analyzed," said Oates told CBS talk show "Face the Nation."
"That may take some time. So we're hopeful that will yield some information," he added.
Holmes was arrested after allegedly opening fire early Friday at a midnight screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed and 58 injured, many of them seriously.
Oates also revealed that, when Holmes was spotted behind the theater after the shooting, his full body armor could easily have led police to think he was a member of a SWAT team.
"Without going into to too many details, there was one aspect of what he wore that did not fit what a SWAT officer might be wearing," he said.
"There was one particular piece of equipment that he had on him that was out of place and I am so proud of my officers that they spotted that right away and challenged him.
"I can't tell you in that chaos it is quite reasonable that an officer might have confused him for a SWAT officer, a heavily armed officer who was responding to the scene.
"So, kudos to my two cops that grabbed this guy and that sharp observation that they made immediately that led them to suspect him as being the suspect," he said.