More details surrounding the death of the man that was shot after getting into an intense argument with an ex-cop at a movie theater in Tampa Bay are emerging.
According to ABC News, Chad Oulson was on his cell phone as the movie was playing, which angered the ex-cop sitting behind him but he was actually using his phone to get in contact with his babysitter. Oulson was attempting to check in on him and his wife’s sick daughter, to see if they needed to rush home when things took a turn.
Pasco County Sheriff’s officials say Reeves initially asked Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half-hour north of downtown Tampa.
Sheriff’s Detective Allen Proctor wrote that Reeves spoke to Oulson during the movie previews, then got up from his seat and informed management.
Things got even more intense when Reeves returned to his seat “additional words were exchanged” and Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves.
After officers read him his rights, Reeves told the detective that Oulson struck him in the face with an unknown object, and that’s when he removed a .380 caliber gun from his pants pocket. The report said Reeves fired the gun and struck Oulson once in the chest and that he “was in fear of being attacked.”
Oulson’s wife, who was also in the theater, had put her hand on her husband’s chest prior to the shooting in an attempt to shield him. Officials say she was also struck by the bullet.
The theater was filled with about 23 people, so there were witnesses to the encounter who saw Oulson get shot.
We pray for Chad’s family during this time.
SOURCE: ABC News
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