Charges mulled after man pulls gun in Paducah theater after kid kicks his seat

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The McCracken County Attorney’s Office is considering charges in an altercation Saturday at the Cinemark Theater in Paducah that involved one man allegedly pulling a gun on another.

The police report released Monday, the Paducah Sun reports, said authorities are investigating charges against John Grabinski, 64, of Ozark, Ill., who reportedly pulled a gun on John Hempen, 38, of Paducah, during a fight that broke out during the showing of “Star Trek Beyond” around noon Saturday.

The report listed two potential misdemeanor charges against Grabinski: fourth-degree assault and menacing. Officers had not made any arrests Monday, instead forwarding the case to the McCracken County Attorney’s Office.

“We are evaluating the case and looking at what charges are appropriate,” Assistant County Attorney Jamie Mills said Monday.

Mills said potential charges include the misdemeanors listed in the report and wanton endangerment, which is a felony and would be handled by the commonwealth attorney’s office.

Mills said prosecutors have not ruled out charges against Hempen, who is listed in the report as the victim.

According to the report, Grabinski became angry during the movie because a 14-year-old sitting behind him was kicking his seat. He reportedly cursed the teen, prompting an argument with the teen’s father, Hempen.

The verbal altercation got physical when, according to the report, Grabinski became angrier and pushed Hempen. The men then began physically fighting when Grabinski was struck in the face and knocked to the ground.

When he got up, the report said he brandished a gun, saying to Hempen, “Now what the (expletive) you going to do?” Hempen answered, “Nothing. I’m good.” According to what Grabinski told police, he was “disoriented” when he got up and pulled his gun.

Kentucky law does not prohibit carrying a firearm into a movie theater. Cinemark, however, prohibits firearms in its theaters.