County Police Will Not Assign Officers To Theaters

Spokeswoman says department is monitoring the Colorado shooting but "have no information to indicate that theater-goers in Baltimore County are at any risk."

UPDATE (3:16 p.m.)—The Baltimore County Police Department will not assign police to movie theaters this weekend in the wake of the shooting at the opening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, CO.

Elise Armacost, in an email statement, said the department "is monitoring the developing case in Colorado and will continue to assess the likelihood of problems here in Baltimore County.

"We are not assigning officers to movie theaters, but we will increase patrols around malls and movie theaters to alleviate community fears and address any potential threats that may occur," Armacost wrote in the statement. "In addition, theaters often employ off duty police officers, so law enforcement may already be present."

In other jurisdictions such as and , police are being assigned to theaters in the aftermath of the shooting.

Armacost called the Colorado shooting a "random horrible crime." Local police in Aurora have been clear that "this is not a terrorist attack or that anyone else is involved," she said.

Armacost said county police "have no information to indicate that theater-goers in Baltimore County are at any risk."

Law enforcement is regularly present around AMC Loews White Marsh 16, according to Capt. Michael Balog of the White Marsh precinct.

In addition to on-duty patrol officers who cover area streets The Avenue at White Marsh shopping center and movie theater employ uniformed police officers who provide additional part-time security, Balog said.


Emily Kimball, local editor for Perry Hall Patch, contributed to this story.

kevin July 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Fact are the gun jammed which probably saved many lives. So all you blaming the guns are smarter than the FBI profilers who have consistently repeated,he was a time bomb that planned this for over four months.If guns were unavailable to him he had access to chemicals and knowledge to make bombs and gases that would have wiped out the theater.His money from the FBI sources "He was receiving $21,000.00 from the DHS (FEDERAL GOVERMENT) which he spent approximately $8,000 on guns,ammo chemicals and bomb componets. He also had legal access to Chemicals in the research labs that would have been used if guns were unavailable.He was going to go off,not sure if it was over a break up with a women.Also he was caught by two alert responders that realized his gas mask wasn't regulation. it was Great police work. Finally he didn't do this alone Obama's Educational system gave him the Grant to build his arsenal. This time I guess Obama was right.
Tim July 24, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Eastsider: Yeah. This had more to do with being the 'first' showing of the movie. It could have been 7pm and he'd still do it. This guy wanted to be a spectacle, doing it at a premier showing gave him maximum possible exposure.
Steve July 24, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Nope, Not a fact. Government didn't control the guns in Rwanda, Bosnia or Sudan.
Buck Harmon July 24, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Take the time to watch this Steve...I think you just make comments with no point sometimes...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDivHkQ2GSg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Buck Harmon July 24, 2012 at 09:22 PM


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