Curtis Reeves, Ex-Cop in Movie Shooting, Had Prior Texting Flap?

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Friday, 17 Jan 2014 09:04 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Curtis Reeves, the 71-year-old retired police captain who allegedly shot and killed a man for texting in a Florida movie theatre on Monday, might have been involved in a prior altercation over texting two weeks earlier.

According to Jamira Dixon, who on Dec. 28 was watching "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" with her husband at another local Florida theatre, Reeves allegedly began glaring at them after her husband began texting during the coming attractions.

"He became just upset about the whole situation and kept staring and giving us dirty looks," Dixon told reporters outside her house, NBC News reported. "He gets up. He's like, 'Can you do me a favor. Can you please just stop texting.'"

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According to Dixon, Reeves also told a man in front of him to put his phone away and became aggravated when their 9-year-old son began moving around in his seat, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

During the movie, Dixon said Reeves appeared to have reported their behavior to an usher, and as they left the theatre continued to glare at them from the lobby.

Referring to Monday's fatal shooting of 43-year-old Chad Oulson, Dixon told reporters, "That could've been us."

On Monday, Reeves allegedly shot and killed Oulson during the coming attractions of a screening of "Lone Survivor," which tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission in Afghanistan. Oulson at the time was accompanied by his wife.

The pair reportedly got into an argument after Reeves told Oulson to stop using his cellphone, which he was using to apparently text-message someone looking after his 3-year-old daughter, according to police.

According to an arrest affidavit released by the sheriff's office, Reeves said he brandished and fired his .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun after Oulson stood up and struck him in the face with an unknown object.

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Oulson's wife, Nicole, was wounded in the hand by the same bullet that hit her husband in the chest, police added.

Following the shooting, an affidavit quotes Reeves as having claimed that he was "in fear of being attacked" when he fired his gun.

Reeves has since been charged with second degree murder and is currently being held without bail.

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