Ex-Cop Who Shot Man in Movie Theater for Texting Was Also Texting

This past January, Curtis Reeves, a former Tampa police officer, shot and killed a man who refused to stop texting during a matinee showing of Lone Survivor. As it turns out, Reeves was texting from the same theater just before his deadly confrontation with the man.

Reeves' son told police that moments before the shooting, he received a text from his father, letting him know where he was seated inside the theater. Several minutes later, as the son, Matthew Reeves, looked through the theater for his parents, Reeves killed 43-year-old Chad Oulson, who was reportedly texting with his young daughter at home. Oulson's wife was also wounded in the attack.

"Matthew said he did not see the shot directly, but the noise and light drew his attention to the top row of seats," Pasco County Sheriff's detective Aaron Smith wrote, adding that Matthew attempted to save Oulson's life by pressing a t-shirt against his chest wound.

Reeves is being held without bail in the Pasco County Jail on charges of second degree murder and aggravated battery. If convicted, he faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.

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