Witness testifies about shooting in controversial ‘stand your ground’ hearing in Pasco

File photo. Pasco theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves in court.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – In a Dade City courtroom, retired Tampa Police officer Curtis Reeves watched two to three seconds of his life play over and over, in a frame-by-frame analysis of a shooting that happened in a Wesley Chapel movie theater.

Reeves had gone to the theater with his wife to see the movie “Lone Survivor.”

As previews were playing for other movies on the big screen, Reeves was annoyed because another man in the theater was texting.

Reeves told the man to put the phone away. When he didn’t, Reeves went out to complain to theater managers.

Reeves then came back into the theater and the other man, Chad Oulson, had put his phone away.

Accounts over what happened next differ greatly.

Reeves claims he leaned over to thank the man for putting his phone away and apologize for going out to complain to the manager.

Reeves defense lawyer claims the second contact set Oulson off, who then started screaming and swearing at Reeves.

Oulson then stood in front of Reeves, who was seated. The younger man grabbed popcorn out of Reeves’ hands and threw it at him.

Reeves claims Oulson also threw his cell phone at him, but in the darkened theater, in a split second decision, Reeves thought for an instant Oulson might have a gun.

Reeves, took out his weapon and fired a single shot. The bullet went through Oulson’s arm, through Oulson’s wife’s outstretched hand and killed Chad Oulson.

The defense claims Reeves was in fear of his life and is asking the court to throw out murder charges, based on Florida’s controversial “stand your ground law”

Joanne Turner was in the theater that day and heard the two men arguing.

“After that, I see popcorn flying and very quickly I see a ring of fire,” said Turner as she testified in court about the shooting.

“Then, I saw Mr Reeves put his gun down and he was holding his face with his hands,” said Turner.

The state contends Reeves was the aggressor and didn’t have to shoot Oulson.

Reeves’ wife is expected to testify Wednesday about what she saw that day in the theater.

WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW

>> back to WFLA.com for more top stories

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s