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Man killed after dispute over texting in theater
FOX 13 ^ | 1-13-14 | Fox 13 Staff

Posted on 01/13/2014 9:11:20 PM PST by smokingfrog

A moviegoer lost his life inside a Pasco County theater Monday afternoon after a dispute over texting with a retired police officer.

According to the sheriff's office, the dispute happened before the 1:20 showing of 'Lone Survivor' had even gotten underway at the Cobb CineBistro at Grove 16 complex on Wesley Grove Blvd.

Investigators say two couples had gotten into an argument over noise.

"The victim was on his cell phone; he was texting. We believe he was making some kind of noise. This noise led to an altercation between the suspect and the victim," Sheriff Chris Nocco explained.

A witness recalled seeing the agitated man -- later identified by deputies as Curtis Reeves -- get up and leave in an apparent attempt to find a manager. When he came back alone, the argument escalated.

Charles Cummings told FOX 13 he heard the victim say he was texting his 3-year-old daughter before Reeves pulled out a pistol.

"Their voices start going up, there seems to be a confrontation, somebody throws popcorn, then bang, he was shot," said Cummings, who was there to celebrate his birthday. "I heard the victim say, 'I can't believe...,' then he fell on us."

"I asked if the guy was OK, and he started gurgling blood and then fell," recalled Cummings' son, who said he ran to call 911.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxtampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: banglist; curtisreeves; donutwatch; fl; florida; shooting; tampa
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Shooter is a retired cop\security officer..
1 posted on 01/13/2014 9:11:21 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

I guess don’t take popcorn to the gunfight.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 9:15:01 PM PST by sagar
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To: smokingfrog
Former Cop killz texter.

I don't text.

3 posted on 01/13/2014 9:16:17 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: smokingfrog
the dispute happened before the 1:20 showing of 'Lone Survivor' had even gotten underway

That is over the top. Now, had the movie started, well that is a different story.

4 posted on 01/13/2014 9:16:49 PM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: smokingfrog

Senseless.


5 posted on 01/13/2014 9:17:05 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: smokingfrog

In France movie theaters have jammers so that cell phones don’t work. (Or so I’ve been told)

I think that is a good idea in many instances. A theater a Church, a restaurant a school, maybe even a grocery or department store should all be able to block the signals if they want. I can see having to post a notice or something but I just get so tired listening to 1/2 of other people’s conversations.

If they put a GPS in a car then then they could put a jammer there too. If the engine is running the phone won’t work.

Apply the same rules to cell phones as are done with cigarettes.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 9:19:10 PM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Michael.SF.

It’s good that theaters don’t let dogz in.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 9:20:33 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I see upsides to this story. A texter is dead, plus an unstable mental freak is going to jail and will face financial and rectum ruins.


8 posted on 01/13/2014 9:23:47 PM PST by sagar
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To: Fai Mao
If they put a GPS in a car then then they could put a jammer there too. If the engine is running the phone won’t work. Apply the same rules to cell phones as are done with cigarettes.

Sage advice from a Nanny State Hall Monitor.

9 posted on 01/13/2014 9:24:10 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Fai Mao

You are right. We need constitutional amendments to protect us from the cell phones.


10 posted on 01/13/2014 9:25:11 PM PST by sagar
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To: sagar
I'm going downstairs to nuke some popcorn.

I'm bad, I know.

11 posted on 01/13/2014 9:25:36 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: smokingfrog

TAMPA (FOX 13) -
We’re learning more about a retired Tampa police officer accused of shooting and killing a man in Wesley Chapel movie theater, reportedly in a dispute over noisy texting.

Curtis Reeves, 71, left the Tampa Police Department in 1993, where a spokesperson said he helped start 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,” spokesperson Laura McElroy said in a media release.

After working at TPD, Reeves went to work doing security at Busch Gardens.

He currently has a son who serves as a Tampa police officer. Mathew Reeves has been with the department since 2003. He has nine letters of appreciation and an excellent duty award in his file, the department said.

Reeves is charged with 2nd degree murder.

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12 posted on 01/13/2014 9:27:32 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Paladin2

Texter vs (demented x-cop) gunslinger, hows that gonna work out?

Thankfully no dogs were shot. Bow wow wow!


13 posted on 01/13/2014 9:29:50 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw
I'm "down" with my dogs not texting.

They still act as personal trainers for the local squirrels.

14 posted on 01/13/2014 9:33:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Fai Mao

Let’s ban popcorn too while we’re at it.


15 posted on 01/13/2014 9:35:02 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Why are you giving him/her ideas?


16 posted on 01/13/2014 9:36:22 PM PST by sagar
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To: smokingfrog

wow..not that surprising


17 posted on 01/13/2014 9:36:54 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Fai Mao
this has nothing to do with the movies nor cell phones.....just another example of what passes for manhood nowadays.....pulling out a gun and killing someone for absolutely not reason except he wanted his way....

if we all shot and killed everybody that bothered us, there would be dead bodies everywhere....

I hope the widow sues this sorry ass ex police....RETIRED FOR 20 YEARS since age 51.....

18 posted on 01/13/2014 9:37:28 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: smokingfrog

I generally do not go to movies or around people in general as much as possible, because people are ****in’ crazy.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 9:40:37 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: smokingfrog

This retired cop has. served the public many years back, but one undisplined moment of anger has destroyed a family and taken away his freedom, possibly for good. Maybe he was in early stages of alzheimers. With all that said, Oualson should not have been texting. People go to the movies to escape the trappings and the tedious gadgetry of modern life, at least many people do. People from all walks of life seem to get very mad very easily. There is no one explanation. Leave that phone alone during movie hour!


20 posted on 01/13/2014 9:44:45 PM PST by lee martell
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To: lee martell

“People from all walks of life seem to get very mad very easily.”

Maybe so, but most retired cops keep their “right” to carry a gun, so they are, by definition a bigger threat to society that the average citizen and I will bet you that they never have to prove that they are still competent to have a firearm on them.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 9:56:47 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Paladin2

witty!!!


22 posted on 01/13/2014 10:00:51 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: smokingfrog

I’m sorry to have to say, texting three-year-olds is just plane dumb. Doing it in a theatre is even dumber. Doing it with a movie about to start called “Lone Survivor” is just asking for it.


23 posted on 01/13/2014 10:02:20 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: dennisw
"witty!!!"

Well, chipmunks and especially Ground Hogs don't fare as well as the squirrels.

The Deer push back to a draw.

24 posted on 01/13/2014 10:05:03 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Dogbert41

And now I’ll never get my wife to go to that movie...


25 posted on 01/13/2014 10:05:57 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: Paladin2

You like pitting animal against animal. I have a friend that does it in a suburban setting and I kid him about it. Squirrels are very smart and quick


26 posted on 01/13/2014 10:08:34 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: smokingfrog

“He was instrumental in establishing the department’s first Tactical Response Team,”

Oh really?!?

Now, that’s the kind of information I’d probably keep to myself.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 10:21:50 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: dennisw
It's more of a regulation of my yard.

The dogs are just what they are.

The deer just pass through and are not really an issue. The squirells just need to stay out of hte house.

The chipmunks (and mice) are really the purview of the cat.

The ground hogs are hell on the garden and if the dogs can catch them, the local biome is better off.

28 posted on 01/13/2014 10:25:35 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: P-Marlowe

No keedean...

Let things sort out.

There have always been self absorbed jerks in the theater.


29 posted on 01/13/2014 10:33:42 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: lee martell; smokingfrog

txting seems a rather benign behavior compared to some A-holes talking out loud on a cell phone or doing whatever they can to draw attention to themselves...


30 posted on 01/13/2014 10:35:38 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: smokingfrog

The shooter sounds like an ass.

How could texting distract him?


31 posted on 01/13/2014 10:51:44 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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Now his ass is in prison.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 10:55:11 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

33 posted on 01/13/2014 10:56:43 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

They were testing for Christ sakes. (silent)

It aint like they were yakking loud.
Even if they were for Christs sakes, this is ridiculous.

This man murdered someone for a minor infringement.

I hope he rots in hell.


34 posted on 01/13/2014 11:00:04 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: smokingfrog

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSRI_discontinuation_syndrome

Watch for a history of anti depressant usage.

I’m serious.

Anti depressants are modern quackery.


35 posted on 01/13/2014 11:01:11 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: JoeProBono

We do not kill people for minor social mishaps.


36 posted on 01/13/2014 11:01:50 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

37 posted on 01/13/2014 11:12:07 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Texters will tend to get themselves killed by staring at their hand and not at the world around them.

You got $700 in your hand and aint paying attention.
Yer asking to get jumped by a punk.

This ex cop is a pure punk.


38 posted on 01/13/2014 11:12:42 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: dennisw

This retired officer sounds like he was off the hook, but the fact that his son’s personnel record is mentioned is not right at all. It doesn’t matter that his son’s record is a very positive one; there is something wrong with the son’s record even being mentioned since he was not involved in this incident.

I’m pretty sure most of us have unstable family members, and we shouldn’t have to justify our own existence and legitimacy by presenting our files as evidence of innocence for others’ sins.


39 posted on 01/13/2014 11:19:44 PM PST by KJC1
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To: Paladin2

Machete don’t Text either.


40 posted on 01/13/2014 11:51:54 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: smokingfrog

Three-year olds text? I think most theatres have a screen shot of asking people to turn off their electronic device during the movie. This has happened before it will probably happen again, unfortunately.


41 posted on 01/13/2014 11:59:42 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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42 posted on 01/14/2014 12:07:28 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: smokingfrog

If you’re gonna shoot, shoot. Don’t text.


43 posted on 01/14/2014 1:14:09 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Fai Mao
If they put a GPS in a car then then they could put a jammer there too. If the engine is running the phone won’t work.

So your passengers can't use their phones either?

44 posted on 01/14/2014 2:07:18 AM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: smokingfrog

Won’t catch me at a movie theater anymore unless it’s on a military base. To many assholes, prices are ridiculous and the whole cell phone BS. Last one I went to in town was in the early 90’s.

Only been to a few on base since then as well but at least on base, you stand for the national anthem, people are respectful and prices are reasonable otherwise I’ll wait for what I want to see come out on DVD, sit in my chair with a beer and enjoy the movie.


45 posted on 01/14/2014 2:21:58 AM PST by maddog55
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To: Fai Mao
Jammers are illegal in America. But that doesn't mean people don't have them
and use them when they go out to dinner and a movie. A business would also
be sued in America for using one, just because.
46 posted on 01/14/2014 2:44:12 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: bjorn14

Yeah, in a sense. Our 4 year old has been doing it a while. She sends me random words she sees around the house along with pictures and videos of what interests her at the moment. Really excited to get a response. Her older brother and sister text, so she’s gotta do it too!


47 posted on 01/14/2014 2:47:02 AM PST by jughandle
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To: Fai Mao
Each battery charge lasts up to two hours, which is perfect for watching a
movie in the theaters without any ringtones disrupting the experience.

48 posted on 01/14/2014 2:49:43 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Michael.SF.

That is pathetic.

We went to the movies last week (to see this movie in fact) and people were talking loudly. However, once the movie began, they stopped. Might have happened here too.


49 posted on 01/14/2014 2:58:03 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: chris37
I generally do not go to movies or around people in general as much as possible, because people are ****in’ crazy.

Ditto. I don't text, either. Never have, never will.

50 posted on 01/14/2014 3:08:56 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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