Published On: Sat, Feb 8th, 2014

Theater shooter Curtis Reeves gets ‘No bail’ ruling for killing Chad Oulson

A Florida man who shot and killed a man after a confrontation at a movie theater will be held without bail, ruled a judge on Friday.

Nichole and Chad OulsonCurtis Reeves, the 71-year-old retired Tampa Police captain accused of fatally shooting a theatergoer in a confrontation over texting, will remain behind bars.

Chad Oulson, age 43, and his wife, Nicole Oulson, were watching the previews before the movie Lone Survivor at a Wesley Chapel, Fla., theater when, according to authorities, Reeves became annoyed with Chad Oulson using his cellphone. Things escalated and got controntation which led to Reeves shooting and killing Oulson.

A video of the incident shows Reeves can be seen returning to his seat after complaining to the theater’s manager. Then it appears an exchange takes place. Video then shows what the defense claims is Oulson’s cell phone being thrown at Reeves just before an arm — assumed to be Oulson’s — grabs Reeves’ popcorn and throws it at him. Shortly after that, Reeves reaches in his front pocket, pulls out a gun, and shoots Oulson.

A video between Detective Allen Proctor and Reeves just minutes after the incident was shown at the bond hearing as well as an interview between Proctor and Reeves’ wife.

“As soon as I pulled the trigger, I said, ‘Oh, this is stupid,'” he said in the tape. “There’s no justification for what happened in there. If I had to do it over again, it would have never happened. We would have moved,” Curtis Reeves told Pasco County sheriff’s detectives in the taped interview hours after the shooting. “But you don’t get do-overs.”

Reeves claimed that he shot Oulson because he was confrontational and began threatening him. “If I wasn’t afraid of getting beat up, I would have never pulled a pistol,” he said. “I was defending myself.”

“I was scared. I thought the guy was fixing to beat the s*** out of me. I was defending myself,” Reeves said. “This guy scared me.”

Judge Siracusa also heard a tape from Oulson’s widow, Nicole, interviewed at a hospital after being shot in the hand by the same bullet that killed her husband.

“He kept saying stuff to my husband,” Nicole Oulson said on the recording. “Immediately it didn’t even register with me, I just saw a spark and saw him go down.”

During a long law enforcement career, Reeves “never shot anybody,” his wife said. “He’s never threatened anybody with a gun.”

A pretrial was scheduled for March 12.

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  2. Your Name... says:

    they r going to hang u out to dry crakcer

  3. Vincentlawrence says:

    Far too many cops think they are Judge, Jury, and Executioner, in this Liberal Nation, these cops want to balance the Liberal Courts actions.
    What has happened to BLIND JUSTICE, Political Correctness?
    Free Pass for being of color, so the Attorney General will leave you alone.
    The Law is the Law, follow it, or change it, but follow it till it is changed.

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