Tucson, Marana police increase theater security
Web Producer: Taylor Avey
Reporter: Kevin Keen
TUCSON (KGUN 9-TV) - The Tucson Police Department confirmed it will ramp up security measures in the wake of the Colorado shooting that took place early Friday morning, according to Sgt. Chris Widmer.
During a tactical meeting Friday afternoon, Chief Roberto Villasenor decided to deploy additional uniformed officers at Tucson movie theaters and events that attract large gatherings of people throughout the weekend.
This news comes after TPD said it was not planning to increase security at local theaters earlier in the day. Widmer said TPD wanted to reassure the public that they are safe.
KGUN9 News reporter Kevin Keen asked Widmer if the patroling officers will be looking for a specific threat.
"They’re not looking for anything in particular," he answered. "We are obviously going to remain vigilant as we always do, but the main purpose is so the public sees us and they maybe feel a little bit more reassured after what happened."
Marana's Tower Theatre will also see increased patrols throughout the weekend, according to Tim Brunenkant, public information officer for the Marana Police Department.
Pima County Sheriff's Department public information officer Tom Peine says there are no plans to make changes to current security at theatres at this time.
The Phoenix Police Department will also increase security.
Suspected gunman, James Holmes has been arrested for the Colorado shooting that left 12 people dead at Thursday's late-night "The Dark Knight Rises" screening.