Two Policemen Shot Apprehending “Harry Potter Pedophile”
PLAINVILLE, Conn. ---“Harry Pedophile” –Two policemen are recovering after they were shot by undercover officers trying to apprehend a man on child pornography charges outside a crowded movie theater in Connecticut Sunday.
Eric Gothberg, 45, was exiting the AMC Loews Theater just after 2 a.m. following a screening of the latest Harry Potter movie.
As undercover officers tried to arrest Gothberg in the parking lot, he began to resist. Officers said, Gothberg then reached down toward his waistband, and that’s when officers said they had no choice but to open fire.
Officer Clifford Roper who had arrived as back-up was struck by a bullet in his forearm, and Officer David Slater was injured by shards of glass.
Gothberg who was unarmed at the time of the arrest was shot in the foot and taken to Hartford Hospital where he remained as of Monday morning.
The two injured officers were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Plainville where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Undercover officers said they had received a tip that Gothberg was attending a showing of the latest Harry Potter film.
Gothberg was wanted on charges of third-degree possession of child pornography after officers learned he was in possession of a pornographic video involving someone he knows.
The Harry Potter pedophile is currently being held on a $500,000 bond. It is not known whether he will face additional charges, or if he has retained a lawyer.
The incident remains under investigation by the State Police Central District Major Crime Squad.