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Retired officer arrested in Wesley Chapel theater shooting
BayNews 9 ^ | 1/13/14

Posted on 01/13/2014 3:27:40 PM PST by Impala64ssa

An altercation between two couples at a Wesley Chapel movie theater Monday led to a shooting that left a man dead, authorities said.

The suspect was identified as Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa police officer. He has been arrested on a charge of second-degree homicide.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Chad and Nichole Oulson got into an argument with Reeves and his wife, who were sitting behind them during previews for the 1:20 p.m. showing of the war movie Lone Survivor.

Argument started over cell phone

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said the argument began when Reeves became upset about noise the couple was making while texting on a cell phone. Nocco said Reeves asked Oulson to stop several times, and that at one point he got up and left the theater, then returned to his seat.

Nocco said Oulson then asked if Reeves had reported him to theater management for using his phone, and the two men began to argue.

At some point, Reeves shot Oulson in the chest, Nocco said. He said Nichole Oulson put her hand up to her husband's chest as the Reeves shot him, trying to stop the bullet.

Nocco said two off-duty nurses, who were also in the theater, began performing CPR and tried to save Oulson. Both victims were transported to local hospitals, but Chad Oulson died. His wife was treated for a gunshot wound to her hand, authorities said.

An off-duty Sumter County deputy was inside the theater at the time, Nocco said. Authorities said the deputy secured the gun and held Reeves until deputies arrived and took him into custody, authorities said. No other injuries were reported.

"The suspected decides to pull out a .380 (handgun), and he shoots the victim," Sheriff Chris Nocco said. "It's absolutely crazy that it would rise to this level of (violence) over somebody texting at a movie theater."

Theater evacuated after shooting

About 25 people were in the theater at the time of the shooting. The theater was evacuated, closed and cordoned off. Deputies and other law enforcement personnel converged on the scene.

Grove 16 is located off Interstate 75 and State Road 54 at 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd. It includes a restaurant theater called the CineBisto, but it isn't clear where in the building the shooting took place.

"Everybody is paranoid, scared, because a movie theater should be a safe place where people should be able to go out and enjoy themselves," Nocco said. "But what America has seen over the last couple of years is that movie theaters have become dangerous places where injuries occur."

According to Tampa Police, Reeves retired from the department on September 30, 1993 as a Captain. A TPD spokesperson said he was instrumental in establishing the department's first Tactical Response Team.

"We are not aware of any contact with the department since his departure more than 20 years ago," the statement said.

Unlike the mass shooting that occurred inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., in 2012, this was an isolated incident stemming from an argument between two couples.

Cobb Theatres released the following statement Monday afternoon:

"We are deeply saddened by the events that occurred earlier today, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. The theatre is currently closed, and we are actively working with the sheriff’s office on this investigation. This was an isolated altercation between two guests that escalated unexpectedly. The safety, security and comfort of our guests and team members are always our top priorities, and we are truly heartbroken by this incident."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: curtisreeves; donutwatch; leo; shooting; tacticalresponse; tampabay
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Time for some fresh raw meat for the gun grabbers.
1 posted on 01/13/2014 3:27:40 PM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

Former Dog Shooter?


2 posted on 01/13/2014 3:30:20 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Impala64ssa

This will not play well with the Leftist narrative that “only those who are trained, such as law enforcement, should have guns.”


3 posted on 01/13/2014 3:32:30 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

Being a Cop, I’m sure his motives were pure.


4 posted on 01/13/2014 3:33:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Impala64ssa
"he was instrumental in establishing the department's first Tactical Response Team. "

So, just a SWAT operation?

5 posted on 01/13/2014 3:35:30 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Impala64ssa

It is time to ban cellphones in theaters, restaurants, etc.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 3:37:06 PM PST by coldbluesteel
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To: Impala64ssa

Cops don’t like to have their authoritah challeneged.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 3:37:31 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: Impala64ssa
Time for some fresh raw meat for the gun grabbers.

But why? The shooter was a member of the class the grabbers say are the only ones qualified to have guns, he was retired law enforcement.

8 posted on 01/13/2014 3:37:56 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Impala64ssa

“It’s absolutely crazy that it would rise to this level of (violence) over somebody texting at a movie theater.”

The only meaningful difference between this shooting and some recent police shootings is that the cop was retired. The altercation got “hot” and the cop “felt threatened”. Case closed.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 3:38:38 PM PST by TalBlack
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To: Impala64ssa

Aren’t retired officers the only class class allowed to carry concealed nationwide?


10 posted on 01/13/2014 3:40:20 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Impala64ssa

The state will have a nice retirement home for him, full of adoring fans.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 3:40:42 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Impala64ssa
"Everybody is paranoid, scared, because a movie theater should be a safe place where people should be able to go out and enjoy themselves," Nocco said. "But what America has seen over the last couple of years is that movie theaters have become dangerous places where injuries occur."

Nocco is an idiot.

APf

12 posted on 01/13/2014 3:41:45 PM PST by APFel (Regnum Nostrum Crescit)
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To: Impala64ssa

“This was an isolated altercation between two guests that escalated unexpectedly.”

There’s that word again!


13 posted on 01/13/2014 3:42:00 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Impala64ssa

Ex-Cop Named as Suspect in Fatal Florida Movie Theater Shooting

14 posted on 01/13/2014 3:42:40 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Bryanw92
This will not play well with the Leftist narrative that “only those who are trained, such as law enforcement, should have guns.”

No, you don't understand. If a trained professional can react in this manner, imagine how much worse it would be if one of us plebes were in his position. If the roles had been reversed, I'm sure MANY, MANY more people would have been killed.

See? Simple leftist spin.

15 posted on 01/13/2014 3:43:29 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Impala64ssa

Well, at least one rude texter won’t be bothering anyone else soon.

Aand at least the officer was safe and sound.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 3:45:49 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

For once, I AM surprised.


17 posted on 01/13/2014 3:46:55 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Time for a twinkie defense. The cellphone made him do it. Involuntary manslaughter at worse.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 3:47:19 PM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Nocco said Oulson then asked if Reeves had reported him to theater management for using his phone, and the two men began to argue.

At some point, Reeves shot Oulson in the chest, Nocco said. He said Nichole Oulson put her hand up to her husband's chest as the Reeves shot him, trying to stop the bullet.

A lot can happen between Oulson asking if Reeves reported him and Oulson getting shot. Oulson sounds like an inconsiderate jerk. Reeves reporting him to the management might have set him off to assault Reeves. Reeves retired from the police 20 years ago, so he is not likely a young man. This story is cast as an anti-gun handwringer about a senseless shooting, but if Reeves didn't have a gun, maybe he would have ended up injured or worse from an assault.

19 posted on 01/13/2014 3:48:01 PM PST by Dan Cooper
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To: Bryanw92
This will not play well with the Leftist narrative that “only those who are trained, such as law enforcement, should have guns.”

No, they're going to spin the CCW angle of the story. It's almost certain he had one.

Not good.

20 posted on 01/13/2014 3:48:34 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Impala64ssa

Never bring popcorn to a gun fight.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 3:49:10 PM PST by Autonomous User (Pain Fades. Chicks Dig Scars. Glory, lasts forever.)
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To: APFel

especially 16+ ounce sodas and transfatty buttered popcorn.

Oh, the hugemanatee!


22 posted on 01/13/2014 3:51:34 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Balding_Eagle

And I’m guessing the race of the offending “texter.”

I would NOT be surprised if his name was Jamal.

I’ll get flamed for this fer shere.

But typically, if there is a nuisance in a movie house, its usually a wigger or a ......


23 posted on 01/13/2014 3:52:26 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Just found out that I am WRONG,WRONG,WRONG.

But hey, stuff happens.

Something got up their butts that caused all this. We will never know.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 3:55:39 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Bryanw92

“Trained Professionals” like Senator Feinstein herself.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/feinstein-gun-control-bill-exempt-government-officials_697732.html


25 posted on 01/13/2014 3:58:25 PM PST by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: Dan Cooper

Deadly force is deadly force. The ex cop is the one who got so upset about this guy texting before the movie started.


26 posted on 01/13/2014 4:01:08 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat
"Something got up their butts that caused all this. We will never know>"

The shooter is 71 years old and many men develop anger management issues as they age. It is for this reason, among others, that Federal Law Enforcement Officers must retire at 57.

27 posted on 01/13/2014 4:03:35 PM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It’s probably bad from our point of view, because here is a trained guy, a mature guy, with his wife along, etc. and yet his gun still managed to kill someone. No gun, no murder, that’s what they will say. Movies should be “gun free zones”, etc.

I saw a picture of the victim on another thread that got pulled, he looked like a perfectly nice fellow too.

It’s very sad that something so stupid could get this far out of control.

They were at the movies in the middle of the day, it’s usually empty - couldn’t someone just have changed their seat?


28 posted on 01/13/2014 4:04:20 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307
"They were at the movies in the middle of the day,"

And that's why streaming rulz these daze.

29 posted on 01/13/2014 4:07:12 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: DJ Taylor

SShhhh!

Us “old guys” just don’t like a lot of noise!

But I never thought of capping someone because of it!

IMHO, something else is at play here, like too many years of getting “control” of a situation. And now, as “control” slips away, and the “man” finds out he is no better than us taxpayers, he just couldn’t deal with it.

But hey, what the heck do I know? I’m just a sucker paying his pension.


30 posted on 01/13/2014 4:08:26 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Dan Cooper

Never bring a cellphone to a gun fight.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 4:09:30 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: APFel

Nocco is an idiot.

(((
And a drama queen, it appears.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 4:10:13 PM PST by Bigg Red (Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.--Ps3)
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To: driftdiver

That’s my point, Reeves asked the guy to stop a couple of times and then went and reported it to the management. He didn’t shoot him because he was texting. Oulson got irate that he was reported to the theater management. What happens between that point in time and when Reeves shoots him is conveniently left out of the story. The reporter is trying to cast the story as a crazy gun-owner escalating from an argument to shooting someone, but we don’t know if Ouslon assaulted Reeves first.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 4:11:48 PM PST by Dan Cooper
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To: VeniVidiVici

Not Hawaii


34 posted on 01/13/2014 4:12:19 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jospehm20

WHUT WE HAFE HEAH....IS...FAILUAH.....


35 posted on 01/13/2014 4:13:02 PM PST by jimsin
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To: Alaska Wolf

ping


36 posted on 01/13/2014 4:14:44 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don't all have one neck.)
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To: DJ Taylor

One more note here DJ.

In the Iraq war, a lot of guys (Nam Vets) in their ‘60s and ‘70s flew chopper missions in Iraq. And the youngsters looked up to them for their “level headedness.”

But those guys were military. What we are talking about here is POLICE.

Different mindset altogether.

I’ll quit now, before I get into real trouble.


37 posted on 01/13/2014 4:15:03 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Dan Cooper

Well he’s already been arrested for 2nd degree murder and there are a lot of witnesses. Sounds like a retired cop on an ego trip to me.


38 posted on 01/13/2014 4:16:20 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Dan Cooper

“No other injuries [in particular to Reeves] were reported. “

Sounds like Reeves will be making a reduced capacity plea (his meds). The fascists will love this case.


39 posted on 01/13/2014 4:19:31 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.


40 posted on 01/13/2014 4:20:10 PM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: DJ Taylor

Oh Hell!

That’s what they say about us old bikers!

The crotch rocket crowd will NEVER live to ride with us old effers.

LOL.


41 posted on 01/13/2014 4:26:24 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: coldbluesteel
It is time to ban cellphones in theaters, restaurants, etc.

I use one of these: http://www.globalgadgetuk.com/rx90.html . Portable, lightweight, and shuts them down in under 30 seconds. If they behave and put their phone away or go outside the theater, I'll turn it off. Works great in theaters, libraries, restaurants, and classrooms.

42 posted on 01/13/2014 4:27:48 PM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Traveler59

Its also illegal.


43 posted on 01/13/2014 4:30:25 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DJ Taylor
The shooter is 71 years old and many men develop anger management issues as they age.
Gee, only men? How about the pre-menstrual, menstrual and post-premenstrual women ... who are only superseded by the pre-menopause, menopausal and post-menopause women?
44 posted on 01/13/2014 4:37:02 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Mastador1

Spot on.


45 posted on 01/13/2014 4:37:10 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Impala64ssa

The retired officer forgot his mantra. “I feared for my safety.” Then it would be cool. If he were on duty.


46 posted on 01/13/2014 4:39:03 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: Impala64ssa

Texting can be fatal even if NOT driving.


47 posted on 01/13/2014 4:39:28 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Dan Cooper

Your thoughts are what I was thinking. I think there is more to the story than what’s being reported. The story, IMHO, is agenda (anti-gun) driven.


48 posted on 01/13/2014 4:40:24 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Autonomous User

LOL!!


49 posted on 01/13/2014 4:42:51 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: driftdiver
Yes it is... That's why it's sold in England and not in the US. But through an amazing thing called the internet, you too can have one delivered right to your door. Watch in amusement as the gal in the next booth at a restaurant, who is explaining in loud detail of her weekend sexual escapade, suddenly look at her phone and wonder why the display on the phone shows "out of service area". And then the service is back, and then its gone, and then its back. For the most ardent obnoxious cell phone user, sometimes it takes as many as four to five disconnects before they take a hint. Now if they're texting, no problems... not bothering anyone, happy days... right? Except when you're sitting next to one in Calculus III class and you're trying to pay attention to the professor. Welp... Junior sitting next to me is trying to text "War and Peace" to his buddy and I'm getting seriously annoyed. Reach in the pocket and turn it on. Texting stops, and I can resume my education while at the same time educating Junior sitting next to me that there might be something in the walls that screws up phone reception. Yes, I am an evil one. But for most of the time it just sits in my vehicle and doesn't bother anyone.
50 posted on 01/13/2014 4:48:10 PM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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