Movie Theater Shooting in Tampa: Suspect in Custody, Texting to Blame?

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A fatal shooting took place yesterday at a movie theater in northern Tampa Bay, with one man being killed and his wife wounded.

According to various reports, retired police officer Curtis Reeves has been taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder after he got into a fight with Chad Oulson, who was texting prior to the start of Lone Survivor.

Reeves, who was with his wife, allegedly took out a gun during his argument with Chad and fired it at both Chad and his wife, Nicole.

The latter tried to block the bullet, officials say, resulting in a wound to her hand.

Chad, however, was fatally struck. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, where Nicole was also admitted, though her injuries are not life-threatening.

An off-duty Sumter County deputy was inside the theater - which was evacuated - at the time of the incident and detained Reeves, 71, until deputies arrived.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office describes this as an "isolated" shooting and confirms the couples did not know each other.

The Tampa Police Department, meanwhile, issued a statement on Reeves last night:

Curtis Reeves Jr. retired from the Tampa Police Department on 9/30/93 as a Captain. He was instrumental in establishing the department's first Tactical Response Team. We are not aware of any contact with the department since his departure more than 20 years ago.

UPDATE: Reeves is being held without bond.

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