Man Shot And Killed In Fight Over Texting During Movie At Tampa Theater

UPDATE: Suspect identified as a former Tampa police officer. The shooting happened during a screening of “Lone Survivor” inside a Tampa, Fla. theater. The victim was reportedly texting and making noise when the suspect grew angry, pulled a gun, and fatally shot him.

1. UPDATE: Photo of Chad Oulson and his wife Nicole, who were shot Monday in a Tampa movie theater by a retired police officer.

Chad Oulson, 43, died and his wife Nicole sustained non-life-threatening injuries when Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, a retired Tampa Bay police officer, opened fire on the couple during a screening of “Lone Survivor” at the Cobb Theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

2. Reeves was charged with second-degree murder and expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.


3. The scene outside the Cobb Theater Monday in Wesley Chapel, Fla., following a fatal shooting that occurred during a fight over texting during a movie.

One man is dead, and another woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries, after shots were fired inside a Florida movie theater Monday in the Tampa-area. The victims were identified late Monday afternoon by the Pasco County Sheriff as Chad and Nicole Oulson.

Oulson was reportedly making noise and texting on his phone during a screening of “Lone Survivor” when a fellow movie-watcher grew angry, pulled a gun, and shot him. The suspected shooter was identified as Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa police officer.

A Sumter County off-duty police officer and Good Samaritan held Reeves in custody until police arrived, according to the Pasco County Sheriff.

The Cobb Theater has closed pending an ongoing investigation.

As tight a shot as I can get of deputies outside theatre. @MyFoxTampaBay

— Evan Axelbank Fox13 (@EvanAxelbank)

. @PascoSheriff Nocco says argument between 2 couples before movie led to deadly shooting in The Grove movie theater in Wesley Chapel.

— 10 News (@WTSP10News)

Couples were watching movie, "Lone Survivor" when argument began. Man killed, woman injured with non-life-threatening injuries. #Pasco

— 10 News (@WTSP10News)

Good Samaritan inside Grove theater detained shooter until deputies arrived, @PascoSheriff reports.

— 10 News (@WTSP10News)

. @PascoSheriff Nocco: Texting led to argument between 2 couples. Man of one of the couples shot other couple, killing man, injuring woman.

— 10 News (@WTSP10News)

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