Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates told NBC's Kate Snow in no uncertain terms that 24-year-old suspected Aurora shooter James Holmes will be convicted.

Asked by Snow, "As you sit here right now, do you think you have a strong case against Mr. Holmes? Will you have a strong case?"

Oates replied, "We will convict him. Yes."

In the emotional interview which aired Sunday night, Oates disclosed that his own daughter had been at a "Dark Knight Rises" premiere at another theater in Aurora the night his law enforcement officers were responding to the Century 16 movie theater shooting.

Oates added that he felt the Columbine shooting in 1999 helped prepare the law enforcement in the community for what happened at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora.

"This law enforcement community and this larger community was shaped by Columbine in a way that I'm not sure people realize around the rest of the country. We practice, and practice, and practice for active shooter situations and we were already extremely rigorous and disciplined in that training and we will be even more so."

In another interview Sunday with Face the Nation, Oates added that he'd incredibly proud of law enforcement for noticing that "there was one particular piece about his equipment that was out of place."

If not for the observant officers, he says, Holmes might have been mistaken for SWAT in his tactical gear and gotten away in the chaos early Friday morning.

Prosecutor Carol Chambers has said her office is considering the death penalty against Holmes.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • Family members of a victim from last week's theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., link hands as they arrive for a court appearance by shooting suspect James Holmes at the Arapahoe County Courthouse, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in the shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • A woman, third from left, is led to the courtroom where James Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is the suspect in the mass shooting last Friday in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

  • James E. Holmes, center, appears in Arapahoe County District Court, with public defenders Tamara Brady, right, and Daniel King Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 in a shooting rampage in a movie theater on Friday, July 20 in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • Public Defender Tamara Brady stands in Arapahoe County District Court Monday, July 23, 2012, during the appearance of James E. Holmes in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 in a shooting rampage in a movie theater on Friday, July 20 in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court with Public Defender Tamara Brady Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 in a shooting rampage in a movie theater on Friday, July 20 in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • James E. Holmes, left, appears in Arapahoe County District Court, with defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting on Friday, July 20, in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • In this image taken from video provided by KUSA.com, James Holmes, left, the suspected gunman in Friday's Colorado theater massacre, makes his first appearance in court with his attorney in Aurora, Colo., Monday, July 23, 2012. (AP Photo/KUSA.com)

  • Assistant District attorney Karen Pearson speaks at a hearing for James E. Holmes in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting last Friday in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • James E. Holmes, left, appears in Arapahoe County District Court, with defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting on Friday, July 20, in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • James E. Holmes, center, appears in Arapahoe County District Court, with public defenders Tamara Brady, right, and Daniel King Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 in a shooting rampage in a movie theater on Friday, July 20 in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting Friday, July 20, in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • People in the courtroom listen to the court hearing of James E. Holmes in Arapahoe County District Court Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 in a shooting rampage in a Colorado theater on Friday, July 20. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • Public Defender Daniel King address the court as James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting on Friday, July 20, that killed 12 and injured dozens of others in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • Public Defender Daniel King talks with Public Defender Tamara Brady, right, as James E. Holmes, center, appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting last Friday in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting last Friday in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • District Court Judge William Blair Sylvester speaks as James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting last Friday in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

  • Anggiat Situmeang, center, who suffered an injury in last week's theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., is helped inside to see a court appearance by alleged shooter James Holmes, at the Arapahoe County Courthouse Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District, Carol Chambers, speaks during a news conference after a court appearance by James Holmes at the Arapahoe County Courthouse in Centennial, Colo. on Monday, July 23, 2012. Twelve people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting attack early Friday at a packed theater in Aurora, Colo. during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District Carol Chambers departs after speaking during a media availability after a court appearance by James Holmes at the Arapahoe County Courthouse in Centennial, Colo. on Monday, July 23, 2012. Twelve people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting attack early Friday at a packed theater in Aurora, Colo. during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District, Carol Chambers, leaves after a news conference after a court appearance by James Holmes at the Arapahoe County Courthouse in Centennial, Colo. on Monday, July 23, 2012. Twelve people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting attack early Friday at a packed theater in Aurora, Colo. during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)