Gun goes off in movie theater after falling out of man’s pocket

George Gholson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A gun went off in a movie theater when it fell from a man’s pants pocket.

An off-duty officer was in the theater and detained the man until police arrived at about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.

George Gholson’s .38 caliber two-shot derringer was loaded with one live round.

While he sat watching the movie at the Malco Cordova Cinema, the gun fell out of his pocket, hit the floor, and fired.

There were about 18 people in the theater, but luckily no one was hit.

Police were unable to locate the round’s point of impact.

The theater has a ‘no weapons’ policy, so Gholson was charged with prohibition of certain meetings-posting notice.

He was also charged with felony reckless endangerment,

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