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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.
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I guess don’t take popcorn to the gunfight.
I don't text.
That is over the top. Now, had the movie started, well that is a different story.
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.
It’s good that theaters don’t let dogz in.
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.
Sage advice from a Nanny State Hall Monitor.
You are right. We need constitutional amendments to protect us from the cell phones.
I'm bad, I know.
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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Texter vs (demented x-cop) gunslinger, hows that gonna work out?
Thankfully no dogs were shot. Bow wow wow!
They still act as personal trainers for the local squirrels.
Let’s ban popcorn too while we’re at it.
Why are you giving him/her ideas?
wow..not that surprising
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.....
I generally do not go to movies or around people in general as much as possible, because people are ****in’ crazy.
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!
“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.
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.
Well, chipmunks and especially Ground Hogs don't fare as well as the squirrels.
The Deer push back to a draw.
And now I’ll never get my wife to go to that movie...
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
“He was instrumental in establishing the department’s first Tactical Response Team,”
Now, that’s the kind of information I’d probably keep to myself.
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.
Let things sort out.
There have always been self absorbed jerks in the theater.
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...
The shooter sounds like an ass.
How could texting distract him?
Now his ass is in prison.
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.
Watch for a history of anti depressant usage.
Anti depressants are modern quackery.
We do not kill people for minor social mishaps.
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.
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.
Machete don’t Text either.
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.
If you’re gonna shoot, shoot. Don’t text.
So your passengers can't use their phones either?
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.
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!
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.
Ditto. I don't text, either. Never have, never will.