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No bond for Pasco theater shooting suspect

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Eagle 8 took this image of the scene shortly after the shooting. Eagle 8 took this image of the scene shortly after the shooting.
Eagle 8 took this image of the scene shortly after the shooting. Eagle 8 took this image of the scene shortly after the shooting.
Photo from Chad Oulson's Facebook page Photo from Chad Oulson's Facebook page
Eagle 8 was over the scene when the shooting suspect was arrested. Eagle 8 was over the scene when the shooting suspect was arrested.
Sumter County Cpl. Alan Hamilton, shown in this photo from the Sumter County Times, helped detain Curtis Reeves after the shooting. Photo courtesy Sumter County Times Sumter County Cpl. Alan Hamilton, shown in this photo from the Sumter County Times, helped detain Curtis Reeves after the shooting. Photo courtesy Sumter County Times
WESLEY CHAPEL, FL (WFLA) -

A retired Tampa Police captain accused of shooting and killing a man inside a Wesley Chapel movie theater Monday wore a bullet-proof vest during his first appearance in court Tuesday, where a judge ordered him held without bond.

Curtis Reeves, 71, was arrested and charged with second-degree homicide after detectives say he admitted to shooting Chad Oulson, 43, inside the Cobb Grove 16 Theater.

Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office say the shooting was an isolated incident.

They say Curtis Reeves was with his wife, Vivian and Chad Oulson was with his wife, Nichole inside the theater. The couples were watching previews for the movie the "Lone Survivor" when the shooting occurred. Detectives say Nichole and Chad Oulson were sitting in front of Reeves and his wife. Chad Oulson was texting and Reeves asked him to stop several times. Curtis Reeves and Chad Oulson got into an argument.

An arrest affidavit released by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning said that witnesses told investigators that Reeves then went to tell theater management about the texting. When Reeves returned, additional words were exchanged and then Chad Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves.

Reeves then pulled out a 380 semi-automatic handgun from his pants pocket and shot Oulson in the chest, according to the arrest affidavit.

One shot was fired. Nichole Oulson placed her hand over her husband and her hand was injured during the shooting, according to investigators.

Moviegoer, Charles Cummings heard shouting, then saw the gunfire.

"Somebody throws popcorn. I'm not sure who threw the popcorn. And then bang, he was shot," he said. "He staggered 2 seats over, fell on my son and I. I asked my son to go call 911."

Alex Cummings said the victim tried to speak.

"I asked the guy if he was o.k. And he started gurgling blood and he fell on my leg," he said

The Oulsons were transported to Florida Hospital. Chad Oulson, 43, died from his injury and his wife Nichole suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the PCSO.

The theater was evacuated. A good Samaritan inside the theater, who the PCSO identified as off-duty Sumter County Cpl. Alan Hamilton, detained Reeves until deputies arrived.

Pasco County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Riner was among the first to respond to the shooting. He described Reeves' demeanor during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

"He was very calm. He was seated in the chair, looking at the screen, very relaxed."

Two off-duty nurses tried to help Chad Oulson after the shooting.

There were an estimated 25 people in the theater at the time of the shooting.

After the shooting, Reeves told investigators that during the argument, Oulson stood up and hit him in the face with an unknown object. Reeves said he then pulled out a 380 semi-automatic gun and fired one round at Oulson. Reeves also said he was in fear of being attacked, according to the affidavit.

The arrest affidavit said that witnesses told investigators they did not see any punches being thrown between the men.

After the shooting, moviegoers Charles and Alex Cummings spoke to the media about what they saw. Blood from the shooting was visible on Alex's lower leg and pants.

Tampa Police Spokeswoman Laura McElroy said that Reeves was a Captain when he retired from the Tampa Police Department on Sept. 30, 1993.

"He was instrumental in establishing the department's first Tactical Response Team," said McElroy in a news release. She said she did not think Reeves had any contact with the department since his retirement.

Reeves was also employed by Busch Gardens as director of security until 2005. Reeves was a board member of Hernando Crime Stoppers, and served as its president from 2006-2007.

His neighbor, Bill Costas, said he was shocked when he heard what happened. Costas said the man who fired the gun in the theater sounds like "a completely different guy".

"[Reeves was a] Very nice guy, always smiling. I've never seen him angry," Costas told News Channel 8. "Very helpful. If I needed help with something, he was there to help."

"I feel bad for his wife, his family, and for all of us who knew him," said Costas. "It's just a very sad thing."

Reeves' son is currently a Tampa Police Officer, according to a news release. He has been with the department since 2003.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says victims who witnessed the shooting, who would like counseling are asked to contact the Pasco County Communications Office at 727-844-7711 and ask for the PSO's Victim Advocate Unit. The Victim Advocate Unit can assist with getting help needed.

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