Man shot dead in Latvian popcorn row; gunman was attorney | Earth Times News
Riga - A 28-year-old man facing a murder charge after gunning down another man in a Latvian cinema over the weekend is an attorney with a PhD in law and a graduate of the national police academy, local media reported Monday.
On Saturday evening, the two men became involved in a argument during a screening of the film "Black Swan" in Riga. Initial reports said the row started over accusations that one of the men was eating popcorn too loudly, and quickly escalated.
Latvian police chief Artis Velss confirmed on Monday that four shots had been fired at the end of the film.
The incident is just the latest in a series of recent events that has brought Latvian law enforcement into disrepute.
On January 25 police fought a gun battle with armed robbers only to discover the thieves were in fact other police officers. One man was killed.
Last week footage was shown on national TV of police officers apparently stealing from parked cars. Shortly afterwards an officer of the state protection service was arrested on charges of drug dealing while on duty at a government building.
Meanwhile, judges are threatening to strike rather than accept pay freezes applied to most other state employees.
Interior Minister Linda Murniece has handed in her resignation in the dispute.