Man Found With Loaded Gun at 'Dark Knight' Showing

by 8:39 AM PDT, August 07, 2012
Photo: Westlake Police Department

Police have arrested a man who carried a gun, ammunition and several knives into a movie theater showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

Officers were called to the North Ridgeville, OH theater on Saturday during the film's 10 p.m. showing after a manager got suspicious of 37-year-old Scott A. Smith, who entered the theater before the movie started with a satchel. A loaded 9mm Glock pistol and two extra fully loaded magazines were reportedly found in the bag, along with four knives.

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A theater employee and an off-duty police officer working security searched the man's bag and found the weapons. The suspect was arrested without incident and police conducted a search of his home on Monday night.

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The incident follows the horrific massacre on July 20 at an Aurora, CO theater during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises that killed 12 people and wounded 58 more. The suspect in that shooting -- 24-year-old former doctorate neuroscience student James Holmes -- has been charged with  24 counts of murder in connection with the massacre. 

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A defense attorney for Smith told the Associated Press that his client brought the gun, ammunition and knives to the movie for his own protection following the Colorado shooting and had no intention of causing any harm or panic in the theater. The suspect is expected to be indicted on weapons charges.