Ohio police arrest man for bringing gun into ‘Dark Knight’ screening

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 15:34 EDT
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Scott Smith, arrested for bringing a gun into an Ohio theater. Photo: Screenshot via NBC affiliate WKYC 3 in Ohio.
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A 37-year-old Ohio man was arrested last weekend after bringing a gun into a late night screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” police said.

The suspect, Scott A. Smith, allegedly went into a Regal Cinema in Crocker Park, Ohio on Saturday night before anyone else, carrying a satchel containing a gun, several magazines and three knives. Then he sat down in the middle of the theater’s back row — a seat officers said gave him a “tactical advantage” over potential victims.

That caught the eye of an off-duty police officer inside the lobby, who notified the theater’s management.

When the officer and theater management confronted the man and asked to look inside his bag, he allegedly consented. Smith was then arrested after his firearm was discovered. Authorities later said he was not licensed for concealed carry, adding that they discovered a bullet-proof vest in his vehicle along with eight more firearms and a gas mask inside his home.

Police said that Smith does not have a criminal record and has no history of making threats of violence.

This video is from NBC affiliate WKYC in Ohio, published Tuesday, August 7, 2012.


Photo: Screenshot via NBC affiliate WKYC 3 in Ohio.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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