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Retired police officer shoots man dead inside theater for texting his daughter before a movie

By Mason White 1:56 PM January 15, 2014
Chad and Nicole Oulson 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A silly fight over a man using his phone inside a movie theater left a father dead and his wife wounded.

It all began about 1:30 p.m., during a screening of the Mark Wahlberg movie, Lone Survivor.

The shooter, 71-year-old Curtis Reeves, who is retired police officer in Tampa, Florida, went to watch the movie, and took his gun along with him.

Before the movie began, Reeves saw a man using his phone to text someone.

Reeves began screaming at the 43-year-old Chad Oulson, who was using his phone to text his daughter while waiting for the movie to start.

An argument erupted and popcorn was thrown around, before the retired officer pulled his gun and shot the father.

Oulson was shot in front of his horrified wife and other moviegoers.

The victim’s wife, Nicole Oulson, was also wounded in the shootout when she placed her hand in front of her husband as she tried to protect him.

Reeves was arrested and has been charged with second-degree murder over the shooting.

About 25 people were in the theater at the time, and witnesses said that they heard an argument between the two men in the back of the room moments before the shooting.

Officials from the Pasco County Sheriff said that the shooting occurred when Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting in the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half hour north of the city of Tampa.

Reeves and his wife were sitting behind Mr. and Mrs. Oulson.