Police: Ohio man movie-goer had gun for protection

August 7, 2012
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)
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)

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.