Oh the irony… It turns out that the crazed ex-cop who shot and killed a fellow movie-goer for texting in a Florida movie theater was also texting during the incident.
New documents reveal that Curtis Reeves, who is charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bail, texted his son, Matthew, just moments before his heated argument with the victim, Chad Oulson. Matthew told detectives he had texted his father to say he’d be late for the 1:20 p.m. showing of “Lone Survivor”, and received a text back from Reeves telling him that he and his wife were seated in the theater.
Just minutes after 71-year-old Curtis Reeves sent the text to his son, he confronted Chad Oulson, who was texting his daughter’s babysitter during the previews. One thing led to another… and before you know it popcorn was thrown and shots were fired. According to the arrest report, witnesses told police that Reeves “confronted the victim about texting during the movie previews and went to advise management. When the defendant returned additional words were exchanged between the victim and the defendant and the victim turned and threw a bag of popcorn at the defendant. Witnesses advised they did not observe any punches being thrown. The defendant removed a handgun and shot [Oulson] in the chest.”
When Matthew Reeves finally got to the theater about 15 minutes later to meet his parents, his father had already gone full crazy and shot Oulson. Reeves walked in just as the shots were fired and says he rushed to the victim and his wife’s aid.
The elder Reeves, a retired Tampa Police captain, told police that Chad Oulson attacked him and that he was reacting in self-defense when he pulled out his gun and shot him in the chest. Considering none of the witnesses recall that happening, I don’t think a jury’s going to buy his defense… although stranger things have happened in Florida murder cases.