So tragic. Retired Tampa cop Curtis Reeves shot 43-year-old father Chad Oulson to death in a Florida movie theater on Jan. 13, after an argument broke out over Chad’s text messaging. Here are five things to know about Chad’s killer.
Curtis Reeves, 71, tore a family apart when he murdered Chad Oulson, 43, at a Wesley Chapel, Fla. movie theater on Jan. 13. Chad was shot with a .380 handgun right in front of his wife, whose injuries were not life-threatening. Find out more about Curtis below.
Curtis Reeves: 5 Things To Know About Movie Theater Shooter
1. He claims he was afraid of being attacked. Curtis and Chad exchanged heated words during the trailers before Lone Survivor over Chad’s text messages to his young daughter. Curtis reportedly tried to contact a manager, but was unsuccessful. Words and popcorn were thrown when he returned, and Curtis is claiming that he was “in fear of being attacked,” per ABC.
2. He’s being charged with second degree murder. Curtis maintains that he was attacked, but in court, an attorney called Curtis’ claims “weak” due to the fact that other people in the movie theater saw him throw popcorn first.
3. He’s a retired police captain. Local outlet The Tampa Tribune reports that he retired from the Tampa Police Department in 1993, and that he has not had any contact with the department since his retirement. Reeves was “instrumental in establishing the department’s Tactical Response Team,” and his son Mathew Reeves still works for the department as a patrol officer. Curtis also served as director of security at Busch Gardens until 2005.
4. He shot a man for texting his 3-year-old daughter. Tragically, Chad Oulson was texting his very young daughter to assure her that her parents were okay during their movie date.
5. He might try to invoke Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Though Curtis’ self-defense claims are weak, he might try to invoke the law made famous by the Trayvon Martin case in defense of the shooting. However, he’d have to convince a judge or jury that he was afraid for his life when he shot Chad, which is a tall order.
So sad. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you afraid to go to the movies after the two shootings?
— Shannon Miller