DADE CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — Retired police captain Curtis Reeves, who shot and killed a man inside a Pasco County movie theater testified Tuesday at a Stand Your Ground hearing.
This is the first time that Reeve’s is talking about the shooting. Attorneys are expected to grill Reeves about why he felt it was necessary to shoot Chad Oulson inside Cobb Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel in 2014.
Since the shooting, Reeves has maintained he believed his life was in danger during an argument he had with Chad Oulson over texting during the previews.
Law enforcement officials have testified and say Reeves believes he was hit with something and doesn’t remember whether it was a cell phone or a fist.
Tuesday, Curtis Reeves took the judge back to the day he shot Chad Oulson.
“I leaned over to the gentleman, my voice was low. I said ‘sir, can you put your cell phone away?'” Reeves testified.
He said he told Oulson he was going to get the manager.
“The response was [expletive] off, or get the [expletive] out of my face.”
When Reeves came back, he claimed things escalated. He said Oulson stood up and threw something.
“I saw what I perceived to be a glow from a light screen right in front of my face, and I was hit in the face,” Reeves said.
At that moment, Reeves testified he was going to stand up, but had trouble. He said he saw Reeves coming at him from over the seat.
“He was getting ready to punch me, and I perceived that at some point, and that’s when the pistol came out… I shot him.”
Chad Oulson’s wife, Nicole also took the stand. She described Reeves as demanding, rude and angry when he told her husband to put away his phone.
Oulson was texting during the previews of the movie, Lone Survivor. The Oulsons were sitting one row in front of Curtis Reeves and his wife, Vivian.
Reeves’s testimony was consistent with Oulson’s wife’s.
The retired captain shot Oulson one time inside theater 10. He died at the scene.
Reeves faces a 2nd Degree Murder charge. Judge Susan Barthle will decide if Reeves is given immunity or if he should go to trial.
A jury would then decide if Reeves killed Oulson to defend himself.
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