Attorney General Janet Reno
On April 21,
a plane carrying U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno touched down in Colorado.
In the hours
following the shootings, Reno had contacted U.S. Attorney Tom Strickland to
discuss making federal resources available for the Columbine investigation. On
April 22, Reno met at Light of the World Church, which sits within five miles of
Columbine High School, and received a briefing on the case.
meeting with Reno were Strickland, Sheriff John P. Stone, Undersheriff John A.
Dunaway, District Attorney Dave Thomas, State Attorney General Ken Salazar and
Deputy Attorney General Don Quick, and representatives from the Jefferson County
Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit, Littleton Fire Department, the FBI, ATF
and other agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice.
Kate Battan, lead investigator for the Columbine case, gave an overview of the
investigation and response efforts and then answered questions. Reno later
traveled to the county government campus to view the weapons and other pieces of
leaving the church, however, Reno met with the families of the victims. She then
drove to the 1st Judicial District Attorney's Building in Golden and met with
about 300 representatives from the first-responder agencies.
In a press
conference that followed, Reno expressed her appreciation for the work the first
responders had done and promised her support for the ongoing investigation. As a
Some federal funds and personnel were
made available. ATF and FBI investigators served on the multiagency Columbine
Task Force, and the two organizations assisted with ballistics, videotape and
other kinds of evidence analysis. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office
provided an investigator.
the FBI has worked with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and other
jurisdictions in which multiple school homicides have taken place to gather
information about those crimes. The data is being compiled to develop
psychological profiles of school killers and help law-enforcement agencies
refine their prevention and response tactics.