An attorney, who brought a loaded handgun into a New Haven movie theater to view the film The Dark Knight Rises in August had the charges against him dismissed Monday.
Sung Hwang, 46, of New Haven, went a screening of the movie at the Bow Tie Cinemas on Temple Street on Aug. 8. The weapon was in his waistband and noticed by another movie patron, who called police.
Incident in Connecticut came only a month after the United States saw one of its worst mass shootings in history.
During a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, a man, identified as James Holmes, allegedly entered the Colorado movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 and seriously injuring more than 50 people.
Police previously told Eyewitness that Hwang does have a permit to carry the weapon, but said it's still against the law to carry it in a way that is alarming to the public.
According to police, when officers arrived at the theater, all of the lights inside were turned on, and everyone inside was ordered to put their hands up into the air.
Police ordered Hwang to put his hands up, however, he ignored officers' commands and remained in his seat using his cell phone. Officers were able to forcefully take him into custody a short time later.
Police said there were 12 other people inside, and they were all searched and escorted from the theater as well.
Hwang was charged with
breach of peace and interfering with police and appeared in New Haven Superior Court for a pre-trial hearing on Monday.
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