Maine Police Investigating Possible Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Copycat

Man arrested for speeding told police he had taken concealed gun into a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises"

Last Updated: July 24, 2012 @ 9:53 AM

Fearing copycat killers, police and exhibitors have beefed up at movie theaters across the country following a mass shooting at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., last Friday that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded.

Getty ImagesIt appears that at least one man may have been inspired by alleged shooter James Holmes. 

Maine State Police said that they are investigating a 49-year-old man after he was stopped for speeding on Sunday morning. Timothy Courtois, the Biddeford, Maine, resident who was pulled over for going 112 miles per hour, had a small arsenal in his car that included an AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns and several boxes of ammunition.

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He told police that he had attended the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise at the Cinemagic Theater in Saco, Maine, on Saturday night with a loaded gun in his backpack, according to a news bulletin from the Maine State Police. Police also found newspaper clippings in the car related to the killings in Aurora.

Courtois said he was traveling to New Hampshire to shoot a former employer. A police spokesman said that state troopers are being assisted in their investigation by the FBI and ATF.

A spokesman for Cinemagic's parent company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.