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Curtis Reeves Jr. is a retired police officer from Florida, United States. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida but he grew up in Tampa, Florida.

Retired Florida cop who killed man in movie theater for texting acquitted of murder

Retired Florida cop who killed man in movie theater for texting acquitted of murder
Retired Florida cop who killed man in movie theater for texting acquitted of murder

The retired Florida police captain who fatally shot a man inside a movie theater in 2014 was acquitted of murder by a jury late Friday.

Curtis Reeves, 79, was charged with second-degree murder after he gunned down 43-year-old Chad Oulson during a matinee screening of “Lone Survivor” in suburban Pasco County.

Defense lawyers and prosecutors were in agreement that Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting during the movie previews — which started an argument that ended with the former Tampa police captain opening fire.

Reeves pleaded not guilty on the grounds of self-defense.

His lawyers successfully argued that police training informed Reeves’ decision to open fire, as he believed his life was in danger when the victim threw his cellphone at his face and appeared ready to climb over the seat and attack him.

Reeves “had more knowledge, more experience, more study in that area than anyone in this courtroom,” defense attorney Richard Escobar said. “It’s a dangerous world.”

Curtis Reeves Biography, Wiki

Curtis Reeves Biography Wikipedia
Curtis Reeves

Curtis Reeves Jr. is a retired police officer from Florida, United States. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida but he grew up in Tampa, Florida.

After graduating from Hillsborough High School, Reeves joined the U.S. Navy and worked on submarines. After serving in the U.S. Navy for two years, he was honorably discharged.

Reeves and his wife Vivian Reeves have a daughter named Jennifer Shaw and a son who is a police officer. 

He was good with guns. He finished second out of 20 when he trained at the sniper school of the U.S. Army.

In 1966, he joined the Tampa Police Department. He was one of the department’s first hostage negotiators.

In 1977, a Tampa Police Department evaluation noted that his forceful personality was an asset.

In 1982, a Tampa Police Department supervisor said in an evaluation that people who perceive him as arrogant and self-serving were wrong.

In 1993, he retired from the Tampa Police Department as a captain.

From 1993 to 2005, he worked as the head of security at Busch Gardens in Tampa where he met Mike Scalise, who became his friend. He was difficult to work with, Christine Cock, who worked in the park’s conservation education program, told the Tampa Bay Times. He was condescending and a control freak, according to Cock’s husband Dave Cock, who worked in the park’s aviary area.

He is 5 years older than Scalise. In 2011, he, Nicole, Scalise and Scalise’s wife toured every island in Hawaii, USA. He spent his retirement with Vivian in Hernando, Florida while he suffers from bursitis in his shoulder, arthritis, hypertension and respiratory issues.

Since October 2012, a weapons ban has been in place at The Grove 16, a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Pasco County. But at 1:20 p.m. on January 13, 2014, he was carrying a .380-caliber pistol while inside The Grove 16 to watch “Lone Survivor” with Vivian and their son, who is a police officer, along with 22 other people. Also inside the movie theater were an off-duty deputy sheriff from Sumter County, Florida, two nurses, Vietnam veteran Charles Cummings, then 68, Cummings’ son Alex CummingsChad Oulson, 43, and Oulson’s wife Nicole Oulson, then 33. He was allegedly annoyed by Chad, who was noisily texting. After a series of argument between Chad and him, Chad allegedly threw popcorn in his face so he opened fire, fatally shooting Chad and wounding Nicole. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

He never lost his temper during the times he, Nicole and Scalise went to the movies before Chad’s fatal shooting, Scalise told the Tampa Bay Times on January 18, 2014.

After his release from jail on bond in July 2014, he stayed at home under house arrest with a global positioning system (GPS) monitor.

On July 26, 2019, Judge Kemba Lewis denied his motion that would have allowed him to give up his ankle monitor and leave his house with fewer restrictions.

On February 21, 2022, opening statements started in his second-degree murder trial of Chad before Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Judge Susan Barthle. He pleaded not guilty on the grounds of self-defense. Tampa attorney Richard Escobar led his defense team.

He was 79 years old when a six-person jury acquitted him in Dade County, Florida on February 25, 2022.

Curtis Reeves Theatre Shooting Incident

The victim was using his mobile phone in the darkened cinema, Reeves complained, popcorn was thrown, and then bullets were fired, according to one prospective juror.

Reeves said the victim punched him in the head and threatened him verbally, prompting him to draw his revolver and shoot.

Multiple eyewitnesses at the theater at the time, on the other hand, told a different story.

None of them witnessed Chad Oulson, 43, strike Reeves, 71, and at least one of them believed Reeves was the aggressor.

The defense, on the other hand, has depicted Reeves as a frail elderly guy who was forced to shoot a much younger Chad Oulson because he scared him.

Curtis Reeves Theatre Shooting Incident

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Who is Curtis Reeves?

Curtis Reeves Jr. is a retired police officer from Florida, United States. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida but he grew up in Tampa, Florida.

What did Curtis Reeves do?

The retired Florida police captain who fatally shot a man inside a movie theater in 2014 was acquitted of murder by a jury late Friday. Curtis Reeves, 79, was charged with second-degree murder after he gunned down 43-year-old Chad Oulson during a matinee screening of “Lone Survivor” in suburban Pasco County.

How old is Curtis Reeves?

Curtis Reeves is currently 79 years old.

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