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Retired police captain denied bond after killing man for texting in theater

A leisurely afternoon matinee movie yesterday in a Cobb movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Fla., turned deadly after two movie patrons, waiting to see "Lone Survivor", engaged in a verbal argument over one of the men texting during previews. A father of a 3-year-old toddler daughter, Chad Oulson, 43, was texting his child during the movie previews. Nicole Oulson, 33, was accompanying her husband on an afternoon date while their child was at daycare.

The Grove 16 Cobb-owned theater in Wesley Chapel where retired police captain, Curtis Reeves, shot and killed Chad Oulson who was texting during previews. Reeves was denied bond in court today.
Pasco County Sheriff's Office

A moviegoer sitting directly behind the Oulsons, 71-year-old Curtis Reeves, was irked by the texting and had words with Oulson. Reeves was accompanied by his wife.

Oulson reportedly tossed popcorn at Mr. Reeves at which point Reeves allegedly brandished a firearm and shot both Oulsons. Nicole Oulson, instinctively bracing her hand against her husband as both were in Reeves's line-of-fire, was shot in her hand. The same bullet entered and exited Nicole Oulson's hand after which it entered Chad Oulson's chest.

Staggering in the movie theater aisle, Oulson oozed blood from his mouth and, according to moviegoer and witness to the entire incident, mumbled "I can't believe I just got shot!" He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

As an off-duty Sumter County deputy --who happened to be in the same theater-- detained Reeves after he fired the single shot, another moviegoer grabbed and retained the firearm until Pasco County deputies arrived.

Reeves was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

According to Pasco County sheriff's deputy reports, Reeves claimed he "was in fear of being attacked." No physical blows were exchanged between Reeves and Oulson, per PCSO's report.

Today at 1 p.m., Reeves appeared before Pasco County Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper.

With a crowded courtroom, Reeves appeared in the Land O' Lakes jail via closed-circuit video link, adorned with a black padded vest and no shirt. His family, friends, and colleagues sat in the courtroom before Judge Tepper. Reeves was denied bond and will remain incarcerated until trial.

Reeves's defense attorney argued for a bond and exclaimed the second-degree murder charge was "too severe."

Judge Tepper expounded her reasoning for denying bond and declared "The evidence of guilt is significant."

Reeves will have an opportunity to petition another judge for a bond.

Curtis Reeves's son, who is a current Tampa police officer, was present in the courtroom.


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