As another couple claims they had a similar texting dispute with 71-year-old Curtis Reeves, the former police captain accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Chad Oulson and injuring his wife in a movie theater on Monday, the suspect has said he was defending himself. NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.
Florida authorities are looking into the account of a woman who says retired police captain Curtis Reeves confronted her about texting in the movie theater where he allegedly gunned down man for the same thing two weeks later.
Jamira Dixon told reporters that she and her husband were waiting for a screening of "The Hobbit" at the Cobb Grove 16 cinema on Dec. 28 when Reeves, 71, got annoyed.
"He became just upset about the whole situation and kept staring and giving us dirty looks," Dixon said.
"He gets up. He's like, 'Can you do me a favor. Can you please just stop texting."
At a Tuesday bond hearing for Reeves, prosecutors told the judge Dixon had contacted them and expressed that she had "felt very uncomfortable" with the ex-cop's behavior.
She told them that when she got up to use the rest room, Reeves even followed her, prosecutors said.
The encounter never went past shooting daggers, but police say that when Reeves confronted Chad Oulson about texting before a Monday showing of "Lone Survivor," a deadly shot was fired.
Reeves is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Oulson, 43, and is being held without bond. His lawyer claims he was defending himself against Oulson.
According to a criminal complaint, Oulson "threw a bag of popcorn" at Reeves when the older man returned to his seat after complaining to management about the texting.
Reeves told deputies that after he was hit in the face with an "unknown object," he took a .380 semiautomatic handgun from his pants pocket and fired one round into Oulson's chest.
"I can't believe I got shot," Oulson said, according to a witness. He died at the hospital. His wife, Nicole, was hit in the hand by the round.
The couple have a 3-year-old daughter. Chad Oulson had told Reeves that's who he was texting.
Reeves — who was at the theater with his wife and was waiting for their son, a Tampa police officer — spent 27 years on the force, working his way up to captain. A Navy veteran like Oulson, he worked at Busch Gardens as director of security until 2005.