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Defense Receives Video Of Florida Theater Shooting

By: Associated Press News  Email | WCTV.Tv
Posted: Tue 4:55 PM, Feb 04, 2014


News Release: Associated Press News February 4, 2014

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have handed over an external hard drive containing hours of surveillance video from a movie theater where a retired Tampa police officer is accused of shooting and killing another man during an argument over texting.

Attorneys for 71-year-old Curtis Reeves received the hard drive Tuesday morning. A Pasco County judge could rule during a Wednesday bond hearing whether the video will be made available to the public.

The footage is expected to show Reeves entering the Wesley Chapel theater Jan. 13 to watch “Lone Survivor” and the shooting of 43-year-old Chad Oulsen and the wounding of his wife.

Prosecutors initially were unwilling to hand over the video. They claimed their office was not equipped to turn around copies of the video so quickly.

Reeves is being held without bail, charged with second-degree murder.


News Release: Associated Press News January 24, 2014

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — In a 911 recording, a caller present when a man was fatally shot in a Florida movie theater tells the dispatcher that patrons were trying to save the victim with CPR and pleads for paramedics to arrive.

Pasco County officials released the 11-minute, 27-second phone call Friday. Chad Oulson and his wife, Nicole, were in the Wesley Chapel movie theater Jan. 13, about to watch “Lone Survivor,” when Chad was fatally shot during an argument with another man.

Curtis Reeves, a 71-year-old retired police officer, is charged with the second-degree murder and is being held without bail.

The call released Friday appears to be from an off-duty nurse in the theater that day. The nurse tells a dispatcher that the victim’s pulse was weak, and “we need an ambulance, stat.”


Associated Press News Release January 22, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The wife of a man who was shot and killed during an argument over texting at a movie theater says her “whole world just got shattered in a million pieces.”

Nicole Oulson cried during a news conference Wednesday at her attorney’s office in Tampa.

She says she’s recovering from being shot in the hand, and is focusing on their nearly 2-year-old daughter.

She and her husband, Chad Oulson, were in a movie theater Jan. 13 when he was shot during an argument with another man.

Curtis Reeves, a 71-year-old retired police officer, is charged with the second-degree murder and is being held without bail.

Friends of the couple say Chad Oulson was texting their daughter’s baby sitter when the fight erupted during movie previews.


Associated Press News Release January 22, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The wife of a man who was shot and killed after an argument over texting at a movie theater held a news conference..

Nicole Oulson held a news conference Wednesday morning at her attorney’s office in downtown Tampa.

She and her husband were in a movie theater on Jan. 13 when her husband got into an argument with another man.

Curtis Reeves, a 71-year-old retired police officer, is charged with the second-degree murder of Chad Oulson and is being held without bail.

Nicole Oulson was shot in the hand.

Friends of the Oulsons say that Chad was texting the babysitter caring for the couple’s 22-month-old daughter during the movie previews when the altercation occurred.


Associated Press News Release

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay-area man shot and killed during a dispute over texting at a movie theater is being remembered as a family man and fun-loving friend.

More than 300 mourners attended the funeral Saturday for Chad Oulson, requiring ushers to bring out folding chairs and open the choir loft at the Land O’Lakes Church of God.

The parent company of the Wesley Chapel movie theater where Oulson was shot Monday sent an arrangement of white lilies to the church for the funeral.

Oulson’s wife was shot in the hand during the dispute at the Pasco County theater. She did not speak at the funeral, but she hugged mourners with her left hand heavily bandaged.

Retired police officer Curtis Reeves has been charged with second-degree murder and held without bail.


Associated Press News Release

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — A judge has ordered that a 71-year-old retired police officer be held without bond on a charge that he shot a man dead in a Florida movie theater.

Curtis Reeves is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Monday. Reeves had his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

A Pasco County Sheriff’s affidavit said Reeves told authorities that “he was in fear of being attacked” during the confrontation.

Officials say that before firing his gun, Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half-hour north of downtown Tampa.

A deputy’s report released Tuesday says Reeves used a .380 handgun to shoot Oulson in the chest.


Associated Press News Release By TAMARA LUSH

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — The 71-year-old retired police officer accused of shooting a man in a Florida movie theater is scheduled for his first appearance in court.

Curtis Reeves is charged with second-degree murder in Monday’s death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson. Reeves’ hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Pasco County Sheriff’s officials say that before firing his gun, Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half-hour north of downtown Tampa.

A deputy’s report released Tuesday says Reeves used a .380 handgun to shoot Oulson in the chest. Reeves told a deputy that he was in fear of being attacked.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.

The former police captain, Curtis Reeves, 71, has been charged with second-degree murder. It’s not immediately clear whether he has retained an attorney.

“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” at The Grove 16 Theater on Monday.

“And then bang, he was shot.”

Pasco County Sheriff’s officials said the shooting happened when Reeves asked 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half hour north of downtown Tampa.

Reeves and his wife were sitting behind Oulson and his wife. Oulson told Reeves he was texting with his 3-year-old daughter, Cummings said.

“It ended almost as quickly as it started,” said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Tobin. The sheriff’s office says an off-duty Sumter County deputy detained Reeves until police arrived.

Cummings and his son Alex — who both had blood on their clothes as they walked out of the theater — told a group of reporters Monday afternoon the show was still in previews when the two couples started arguing.

Cummings said the man in the back row — later identified as Reeves — got up and left the auditorium, presumably to get a manager. But he came back after a few minutes, without a manager and appearing upset. Moments later, the argument between the two men resumed, and the man in the front row stood up.

Officials said Oulson asked Reeves if he reported him to management for using his phone.

Cummings said the men started raising their voices and popcorn was thrown. Authorities said Reeves took out a gun, and Oulson’s wife put her hand over her husband, and that’s when Reeves fired his weapon, striking Nichole Oulson in the hand and her husband in the chest.

“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.”

Cummings, who said he was a combat Marine in Vietnam, said Oulson fell onto him and his son.

“Blood started coming out of his mouth,” said Alex Cummings. “It was just a very bad scene.”

Charles Cummings said his son went to call 911, while Cummings and another patron who claimed to a nurse began performing CPR on the victim.

A man sitting next to the shooter grabbed the gun out of his hand, and the suspect did not attempt to get away, Cummings said.

Oulson and his wife were taken by ambulance to a Tampa-area hospital, where the Chad Oulson died, Tobin said. His wife’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said in a news release that Reeves was a captain when he retired from the department in 1993. She added that he was instrumental in establishing the agency’s first tactical response team. After he retired, Reeves worked security for the Busch Gardens theme park and was on the board of a neighboring county’s Crime Stoppers organization. Reeves’ son also is a Tampa officer, police said.

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