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Maine Man Tells Police He Was En Route To Shooting

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State police say a Maine man who was stopped for speeding Sunday morning had numerous weapons in his car and told authorities he attended "The Dark Knight Rises" movie the night before with a loaded gun in his backpack.

Police say 49-year-old Timothy Courtois of Biddeford was arrested after an officer clocked his car at 112 mph on the Maine Turnpike.

A search of his car turned up an AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns, ammunition and clippings about the Friday shooting in Colorado that left 12 people dead at a midnight screening of the Batman movie.

State police say Courtois told authorities he was on his way to Derry, N.H., to shoot a former employer.

"He was cooperative," State Police Lt. Kevin Donovan told our Newscast unit. "He answered questions matter-of-factly."

Courtois was charged with speeding and having a concealed weapon. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will decide whether to file federal charges.

Inside Courtois' home, investigators found thousands of rounds of ammunition and more weapons, including a fully automatic machine gun.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This article was originally published on July 23, 2012.

This program aired on July 23, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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