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Atlanta Dan 01-14-2014 03:51 PM

Heroic Armed Citizen Stops Movie Texting With Gun, Murder
 
That escalated quickly

Curtis Reeves, a Responsible Gun Owner in Wesley Chapel, Florida, was ready to defend himself when he went to a matinee showing of “Lone Survivor” Monday — ignoring the Grove 16 Theaters’ ban on carrying weapons in the auditorium, no doubt because he knew, as do all Responsible Gun Owners, that mass killers target Gun-Free Zones specifically because they know they won’t face an armed citizen who can stop them. Or maybe because as a retired Tampa Police captain, Reeves just felt better carrying a gun. And so, when he got into an argument with Chad Oulson over Oulson’s texting during the previews, Reeves was ready for action, and after the argument escalated and Oulson threw popcorn at him, Reeves pulled his gun and shot Oulson dead. Oulson’s wife Nicole was wounded when she raised her hand in front of her husband; the round went through her hand and killed him. Just before Reeves shot him, Oulson reportedly said that he was texting his 3-year-old daughter.

http://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/u.../01/oulson.jpg

http://wonkette.com/539065/heroic-ar...ith-gun-murder

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...heater/2160784

JonM229 01-14-2014 04:58 PM

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If only someone else in the theater had a gun as well, this could have been avoided.

tony hipchest 01-14-2014 05:02 PM

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Unbelievable.

3 year olds can't text...

tony hipchest 01-14-2014 05:02 PM

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Unbelievable.

3 year olds can't text...

JonM229 01-14-2014 05:02 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by tony hipchest (Post 1253544)
Unbelievable.

3 year olds can't text...

Machete don't text

MasterOfPuppets 01-14-2014 05:47 PM

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moral of the story ...don't throw popcorn at a 71 year old grouch with a gun . :popcorn:
and stay off their lawn..

http://www.esquire.com/cm/esquire/im...od-0109-lg.jpg

harrison'samonster 01-14-2014 05:57 PM

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absolutely tragic. Honestly, treat everybody as if they had a gun on them at all times.

GodfatherofSoul 01-14-2014 06:01 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by tony hipchest (Post 1253544)
Unbelievable.

3 year olds can't text...

Pretty sure the implication was he sent a text for the babysitter to read to daughter.

MasterOfPuppets 01-14-2014 07:41 PM

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gonna have to wait for more details on this one....but it sounds like mr texty escalated the incident with his yap... i know my old man wasn't one to take shit from nobody and had a short fuse , especially as he got older. i could see him reacting the same way in the same situation.



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The retired Tampa police captain accused of gunning down a man texting during a Mark Wahlberg war movie will be arraigned on a second-degree murder charge Tuesday in a Florida court.
Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, is charged with shooting Chad Oulson, 43, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Monday, after a verbal and physical confrontation.
Chad Oulson was pronounced dead at a hospital, and his wife, Nichole, was treated for a gunshot wound to her hand.
“To have a retired police officer — I don’t know what he was thinking at the time,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told reporters. “I can tell you, anybody, over a cellphone, to take their life, it's ridiculous.”
Reeves remained in Pasco County jail overnight Monday, and a judge could decide Tuesday whether to set bail.
Officials are crediting an off-duty sheriff’s deputy from neighboring Sumter County for detaining Reeves at the Grove 16 Theatre in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa. The deputy also secured the weapon, described as a .380-calber handgun, until Pasco authorities arrived, Nocco said.
“He was a true hero in there. He reacted,” said Nocco, who also praised the efforts of two nurses who were in the theater and tried to save Oulson's life.
Nocco said that when when the first emergency calls came in, his mind immediately turned to recent shootings at schools and movie theaters, an apparent reference to the mass killings at a theater in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., just five months later.
“Hearing what we heard, we were prepared for a large incident, but I want to reiterate this was just an isolated incident,” he said.
“This situation over a cellphone use — to escalate that high, I can tell you it's very scary,” he said. “Or the fact it's a movie theater or, you know, a place such as a school, where people have a belief that they should be in a movie theater to relax or a school to learn and have it arise to this kind of level.”
Nocco said the tragedy unfolded after Reeves became outraged over something trivial: “somebody texting.”
Reeves and his wife were sitting behind the Oulsons as the preview trailers were rolling just before the showing of “Lone Survivor,” the Mark Wahlberg movie about a failed 2007 Navy Seal raid in Afghanistan, investigators said.
Reeves asked Chad Oulson several times to stop, to no avail, Nocco said. He then left the theater to complain to the theater's management before returning to his seat, the sheriff said.
Upon his return, “Chad Oulson then starts confronting him verbally, starts saying: ‘Oh, did you go in there and start complaining on me? Did you tell the staff about me?’” Nocco said.

“This verbal altercation starts getting louder and louder. During this altercation, it goes from a verbal to a physical altercation,” he said.
Then, “the suspect, Curtis Reeves, pulled out a gun,” Nocco said.
Only one shot was fired, Nocco said. Nichole Oulson was wounded in the hand when she grabbed her husband as Reeves pulled the trigger, he said.
The theater's operator, Cobb Theatres, said in a statement that it was “truly heartbroken by this incident” and that it was cooperating with investigators.
Reeves retired as a captain from the Tampa Police Department in 1993, said Laura McElroy, a spokeswoman for the department, adding that Reeves helped set up the department's first SWAT team.
“We are not aware of any contact with the department since his departure more than 20 years ago,” she said in a statement.

teegre 01-14-2014 10:50 PM

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I normally am the smartass, posting some snide comment.

But, I have a 2 1/2 year old... and this struck me pretty hard.

I can't imagine never seeing my daughter grow up.


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