Curtis Reeves’ text was a simple one. The former police officer accused of killing a man over his annoying cell phone use during a movie, incredulously used his own phone, just minutes prior to gunning the moviegoer down, to shoot a text to his son.
According to CBS News on Thursday, “Curtis Reeves, the Florida man accused of fatally shooting another movie-goer in a dispute over the victim texting in the theater, sent a text of his own before the movie started.”
Court documents show that Curtis Reeves sent a text message to his son Matthew Reeves, a 25-year-old Tampa police officer, at 1:04 p.m. on January 13, to advise his son where he and his wife were sitting.
When Matthew arrived, the theater had already gone dark and previews were playing. While he was looking for his parents, he heard the gunshot. His 71-year-old father had shot and killed Chad Oulson, 43, after the two got into an argument over Oulson’s cell phone use.
Pasco County Sheriff’s detective Aaron Smith wrote: “Matthew said he did not see the shot directly, but the noise and light drew his attention to the top row of seats.”
Reeves has been held at the Pasco County Jail, without bail, since the incident occurred. Charges the former cop is facing include second-degree murder and aggravated battery on Oulson’s wife, Nicole Oulson, who was struck with the bullet that killed her husband.
If found guilty, Reeves faces 25 years, essentially sending him to jail for the remainder of his life.
As reported by CBS, according to the arrest report, witnesses told police that Reeves “confronted the victim about texting during the movie previews and went to advise management. When the defendant returned additional words were exchanged between the victim and the defendant and the victim turned and threw a bag of popcorn at the defendant. Witnesses advised they did not observe any punches being thrown. The defendant removed a handgun and shot [Oulson] in the chest.”