A retired Florida police captain didn’t like that some guy was texting on his phone and making noise before the movie started, resulting in an argument, which the ex-cop settled by taking out his gun and shooting the man and the woman he was with. The man died. The woman has been injured. The cop has been arrested.
So… what would have happened if the guy was was texting, or his girlfriend, had also been armed? Would that have kept this from escalating? Or would it have turned into a shootout?
An argument between a retired police captain and a couple who was texting inside of a Florida movie theater erupted into gunfire today that left one man dead and a woman wounded.
Police said that two couples began arguing before a showing of “Lone Survivor” over one couple’s text messaging.
The shooting suspect, identified as retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, 71, became annoyed when a couple sitting in front of him were texting during the movie’s previews, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s office.
Police said that Reeves asked Chad and Nichole Oulson several times to stop, and then Reeves left the theater. When Reeves returned, Chad Oulson asked Reeves if he reported his phone use to the theater managers, police said. That prompted an argument which ended when Reeves pulled out a gun and shot Oulson in the chest, police said.