Man armed with pellet gun, pepper spray, hatchet at Tennessee theater had psychological issues, police say

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By: Associated Press

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (AP) — Police in suburban Nashville say a man with “significant” psychological issues who was armed with a hatchet and pepper spray — and was carrying a pellet gun — was killed in a confrontation with police at a movie theater.

He’s been identified as Vincente David Montano, who was 29. Police say he unleashed pepper spray at audience members inside the theater before being fired at by a police officer and shot dead by a SWAT team.

Police say Montano was carrying two backpacks, one of which hung from his chest. He also wore a surgical mask, possibly to protect himself from the pepper spray he unleashed in large amounts during the showing of “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

As Montano fled out the back of the theater, he encountered the SWAT team and was shot dead. About two dozen gunshots could be heard in a 10-second period in raw video footage posted online by WKRN TV. Police at first said he was carrying a handgun. But it turned out to be a plastic pellet pistol.

Officials say Montano had been committed four times, twice in 2004 and twice in 2007.