Retired police captain released on bond in theater-shooting case

July 12, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Good morning:

To get you up and outta the door, here’s a vid by Widespread Panic covering Fire on the Mountain, a tune by the Grateful Dead:

Remember Curtis Reeves, 71, the former captain in the Tampa Police Department who shot and killed Chad Oulson, 43, in a movie theater during an argument that Reeves started while the previews were showing? Reeves objected to Oulson texting a message. Unpleasantries were exchanged. One thing led to another until Reeves ended the disagreement by shooting Oulson in the chest.

Oulson was unarmed.

Reeves obviously was armed and he is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery. If convicted, he will be subject to a mandatory 25-year-minimum sentence.

He claims he fired in self-defense, even though he started the argument and was the aggressor. The entire confrontation was recorded on video.

Ironically, Reeves had just texted his son to inform him that he was at the theater before he confronted Oulson, who was texting his own daughter to communicate the same message to her when Reeves confronted him.

At his preliminary hearing, his attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Reeves believed his life was in imminent danger when Oulson threw popcorn in his face and threw his cell phone at him striking him in the face.

Oulson’s wife, who sustained a gunshot wound to her finger when she attempted to protect him from Reeves, denied that Oulson assaulted him.

Yes, this is another one of those cases where the victim would be alive today if Reeves had not been armed with a gun.

Oulson is survived by his wife and their young daughter.

Reeves was released yesterday on $150,000 bond after the Court of Appeal ordered the trial court to release him on bond or state a legally valid reason to deny him bond.

He has to surrender all of his firearms and must remain at home, unless he goes to church, the doctor’s office or the grocery store.

I believe the decision to release him on bond was appropriate and necessary under Florida law.

For more information, go here.

To ease the pain, here is Lisa Fischer.

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