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Retired cop fatally shoots man for texting in Florida movie theater

posted 1/22/2014 2:10:41 PM |
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We can all relate to bad behavior by people in a public setting, but what this retired cop did went way overboard. I know this happened about a week ago, but I wanted to post about it and discuss my thoughts in this case.

He should be charged with murder, and convicted. For him to try to claim Florida's "Stand Your Ground Law" is not what it was passed for.

There will be some people that will try to abuse this law no matter what.

A retired police officer allegedly shot two people, one fatally, during a cell phone dispute inside a Florida movie theater Monday, authorities said.

The dispute began around 1:30 p.m. at a theater in Wesley Chapel when Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, told 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting during a showing of "Lone Survivor," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. When Oulson refused, Reeves alerted the theater staff, which escalated the confrontation.

At that point Reeves allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Oulson, authorities said. Oulson's wife, Nicole, put her hand in front of her husband in an effort to protect him and was injured.

Chad Oulson later died from the gunshot.

An off-duty police officer who was present at the scene restrained Reeves until authorities arrived, Nocco said.

Reeves, who retired from the Tampa Police Department in September 1993 as a captain, was charged with second-degree homicide, authorities said.

Nocco said his detectives considered if the case qualified under the state's controversial "stand your ground law," which permits residents to employ deadly force if they fear imminent danger, but decided the criteria did not apply, reported.

"It's absolutely crazy it would rise to this level over somebody just texting in a movie theater," Charles Cummings, a Vietnam veteran who was watching the movie at the time of the shooting, told "I can't believe people would bring a gun to a movie."


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Jan 22 @ 5:03PM  
You are just now becoming aware of this... old news.

Jan 22 @ 5:16PM  
You are just now becoming aware of this

You apparently missed my editorial before I posted the details of this story where I stated in it that this happened about a week ago.

Jan 22 @ 6:10PM  
This guy should be charged with murder. I had heard he was trying to say he "felt threatened" by the bucket of popcorn the victim was holding. Really? Popcorn? Threatening? Oh wait...might get a kernel stuck in his throat and choke to death if Mr. Oulson threw it at him. Got it.

So far, what has been reported in this story, all Oulson appears to have been guilty of doing is texting. WTF????? Getting pissed over that????? He wasn't gabbing/yelling on the phone was he? Or maybe he laughed too loud at a picture that may have been sent? Still no excuse to pull out a gun and shoot the guy. And as a retired police officer, Reeves should have known better!!!!!!!

Ridiculous to be killing people over text messages.

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Retired cop fatally shoots man for texting in Florida movie theater