Theater shooting victim’s widow testifies in Pasco ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing

Nicole Oulson testified on Thursday.

DADE CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Nicole Oulson, who was with her husband when he was shot dead in a Pasco movie theater, is testifying Thursday in a hearing to determine if the shooting meets Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ criteria.

Lawyers for former Tampa Police Department captain Curtis Reeves, who killed Chad Oulson, are trying to prove the shooting meets the criteria.

Thursday marks the fourth day of the hearing.

Nicole Oulson appeared calm, cool and collected on the stand during the stand on Thursday morning.

Oulson explained what happened in the moments before her husband was shot. She told the court that she and Chad arrived early to the theater.  Before the movie began she remembers Reeves “rudely” telling her husband to put his phone away.

“It was not friendly. Very abrupt,” she stated.

She stated that Reeves then told Oulson he was going to get a manager to which, Nicole says her husband, “blew him off and said something to the effect of ‘do what you need to do’.”

Oulson stated when Reeves returned from speaking with a manager, her husband was no longer on his phone. She says that she remembers Reeves continuing to nag her husband, saying it felt as though he was bragging about getting a manager involved. That was the moment she says Chad became frustrated.

“I noticed Chad stand up, and it drew my attention. I thought this is so silly that it has gotten to this point to where these two men are going to start bickering and causing a commotion and drawing the attention of other patrons. So at that point that’s when I started to stand up and tap Chad.”—Nicole Oulson

Nicole Oulson says once she started to stand and calm down Chad, everything happened so fast that she never saw a confrontation between the two men.

Nicole Oulson has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the theater, its developer and one of its employees.

Two other witnesses are taking the stand today.

Reeves is expected to take the stand at some point to explain why he shot and killed Oulson at Cobb Grove 16 theaters in Wesley Chapel back in 2014. All along, Reeves claimed he was in fear of his life during a confrontation over text messaging. He said Oulson got violent and he had no choice but to open fire.

On Wednesday, Vivian Reeves, Curtis Reeves’ wife, took the stand.

“He was very loud and the word ‘texting’ and his daughter,” said Vivian Reeves, who recalls Oulson using several profanities as he yelled at her husband. Read more.


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