Widow sues Pasco theater employee, company over shooting death

Nicole and Chad Oulson. Family photo

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — The widow of a Tampa Bay area man shot and killed during an argument over texting during movie previews in a Wesley Chapel theater has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the theater, its developer and one of its employees.

Nicole Oulson seeks more than $15,000 and a jury trial. According to the lawsuit filed in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court in Dade City, she suffered physical, psychological and economic damage.

PHOTOS: Wesley Chapel theater shooting

Curtis Reeves, 73, is charged with second-degree murder in Chad Oulson’s 2014 death and aggravated battery for shooting Nicole Oulson in the hand.

The lawsuit says Cobb Theaters and an employee at the Wesley Chapel movie theater failed to enforce the company’s prohibition on weapons.

Reeves plans to invoke Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law to have the charges dismissed at a hearing in April or May.

File photo. Pasco theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves is taken into custody after the shooting.
File photo. Pasco theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves is taken into custody after the shooting.
File photo. Pasco theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves in court.
File photo. Pasco theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves in court.

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