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Texting murder: Man shot for texting in movie theater by retired police officer

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A man was shot and killed in a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida by a retired police officer, according to a Jan. 13 report in CNN. The shooting occurred at 1:20 p.m. Monday, at a showing of the Mark Wahlberg movie, “Lone Survivor”. The victim and his wife were at the theater on a date night, and the father was texting his 3-year-old daughter during the previews. The man died due to his injuries, and his wife sustained a gunshot to her hand.

The victim, Chad Oulson, 43, was asked by 71-year-old retired Tampa police officer, Curtis Reeves, to stop texting and put his phone away. Both men argued for a bit, and then Reeves left the theater. According to police, Reeves complained to a theater staff member, and returned to the movie theater alone.

When Reeves returned, Oulson asked the older man if he had told on him, and explained he was texting his daughter. The argument resumed, and someone threw a bag of popcorn. Then, Reeves fatally shot Chad Oulson in the chest, and hit Nicole Oulson in the hand. Chad fell on other movie watchers, with blood coming out of his mouth.

Reeves sat down, and did not shoot again. An off duty police officer in the theater rushed over to Reeves to secure him. After two nurses, who happened to be in the theater also, tried to keep Oulson breathing, he died of his injuries.

Curtis Reeves was arrested at the movie theater and charged with second degree homicide. He was denied bond on Tuesday.

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