Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Man Arrested With Gun at 'Dark Knight' Showing in Westlake (Updated)

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Update II: Scott Smith will be on house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelet until his September 24 court date. In the meantime, he'll undergo a psychiatric evaluation. (AP)

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Update: Scott Smith's attorney says his client brought the guns, ammo, and knives to the theater for protection because he was concerned about someone else pulling a Dark Knight-style massacre. (AP)

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In the wake of the senseless and tragic massacre at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado last month, fear has found a place next to confusion and grief as worries of a copycat persisted.

Quick thinking by an off-duty Westlake police officer and Crocker Park theater employees might have stopped one attempt.

According to authorities, 37-year-old Scott A. Smith was arrested Saturday evening after security discovered that he'd brought a bag toting a loaded 9 mm gun, two additional magazines, and three knives to a 10 p.m. showing of the new Batman movie.

Jeremiah Bullins, the Westlake cop working the theater, confronted Smith, who was alone in the theater at the time, after a manager became suspicious. Smith had taken a seat in the center of the last row, which Westlake police are calling a "tactical" position.

He made no threats, spoke to no one, and complied when asked to reveal the contents of his bag. He was immediately arrested and cops searched his vehicle, where they found a tactical vest, and his home, where they found a small armory.

Via WKYC:

Investigators also obtained a search warrant this past Monday night for Smith's North Ridgeville home.

Inside, they found a room dedicated to guns.

They found between 6 to 8 long guns, pistols, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a gas mask, and more.

Smith is married and has a one year old daughter.

Smith's wife told police she knew about the gun room, but had no idea what his motive would be.

Whatever his intentions, and they were most likely bad, credit to the sharp staff and security for preventing what could have been a scary and deadly situation.

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