Police: Ohio man movie-goer had gun for protection

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In this photo provided by the Westlake, Ohio, Police Department shows Scott A. Smith. Authorities in northeast Ohio say Smith, 37, who brought a loaded gun, ammunition and several knives to a weekend showing of the latest Batman movie did so to protect himself, not because he had sinister intentions.  (AP Photo/Westlake Police Department)
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In this photo provided by the Westlake, Ohio, Police Department shows Scott A. Smith. Authorities in …

WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police say a man brought a gun, ammunition and several knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie so he could protect himself, not because he had sinister intentions.

Westlake Police Sgt. Mark Krumheuer said 37-year-old Scott A. Smith, of North Ridgeville, brought the weapons to a Saturday showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" for "his protection," but he would not elaborate.

Last month, a gunman killed 12 people at a showing of the same movie in Aurora, Colo.

Police say a theater manager and an off-duty police officer working security stopped Smith and found the weapons inside a bag they thought looked suspicious. Smith was arrested and remains jailed.

Krumheuer says Smith is expected to be indicted on weapons charges. A message was left for Smith's attorney.

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