Man shot dead for eating popcorn during ‘Black Swan’

Incident took place in Latvia on Saturday (Feb 19)

A man has been shot dead, apparently for eating popcorn too loudly during a screening of Black Swan.

The Latvian News Agency has reported that on Saturday (February 19) a dispute broke out during a showing of the film at the capital city Riga‘s Forum Cinemas complex.

The victim, 42 year-old Aigars Egle, is believed to have argued with a fellow audience member over how loud he was eating his popcorn. Egle is said to have been shot by 27 year-old Nikolajs Zikovs, a lawyer and graduate of the country’s police academy, during the end credits.

Zikovs was arrested following the shooting.

This latest ‘cinema rage’ incident follows a woman being covered in bleach after she told a teenager to be quiet during a screening of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince in a Leeds cinema in 2009.

That attacker was sentenced to a year behind bars.