Ex-Florida Police Officer Shoots Man To Death In Theater For Texting


An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater prompted a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff’s officials tell the Associated Press. “Somebody throws popcorn. I’m not sure who threw the popcorn,” said Charles Cummings, who, as a birthday treat, was about to watch the movie “Lone Survivor.” “And then bang, he was shot.”

Curtis Reeves, 71, was charged with second-degree murder. Pasco County Sheriff’s officials said the shooting happened when Reeves asked Chad Oulson, 43, to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb north of Tampa. Reeves and his wife were sitting behind Oulson and his wife. Oulson told Reeves that he was texting with his 3-year-old daughter, Cummings said. He added that the show was still in previews when the two couples started arguing. “I can’t believe people would bring a pistol, a gun, to a movie,” Cummings said. “I can’t believe they would argue and fight and shoot one another over popcorn. Over a cellphone.”

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