According to the Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s office, Chad Oulson and his wife were in a movie theater today, where he was texting his three-year old daughter on his cell phone before the movie started. The guy sitting behind him, Curtis Reeves, a former police captain, didn’t like it. Not one bit. He asked Oulson to cut it out, and a verbal argument ensued until Reeves had had enough. He pulled out his gun–everyone goes to the movie theater armed, right?–and shot Oulson in the chest, killing him. Oulson’s wife was hit in the hand “when she put her hand up in front of her husband.” The sheriff said an off-duty deputy in the theater got ahold of the gun and detained Reeves until deputies arrived.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said his detectives considered if this could be a “stand your ground” case but decided the criteria did not apply. “It’s absolutely crazy it would rise to this level over somebody just texting in a movie theater,” he offered.
No kidding. It’s kind of mind-boggling that they even considered releasing Reeves based on “stand your ground,” but you know, he could have felt threatened by the glow of Oulson’s cell phone in the darkened theater.
No doubt we’ll once again hear that guns don’t kill people, people do. But don’t you think that if Reeves wasn’t packing today, Chad Oulson would still be alive?