2ND UPDATE, 1:38 PM: Local authorities just holding a news conference about the case. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco just said in response to a reporter’s question: “We do not believe there is any reason why [suspect Curtis Reeves’] defense will be able to justify that this is a ‘stand your ground’ case.” Detective Timothy Harris added that words “words were exchanged” between Reeves and the victim but there was “no physical contact.” He also said police believe Reeves “was in possession of the firearm when he entered the [theater]”, refuting reports that he had gone out to his car.
UPDATE, 1:00 PM: Monday’s shooting suspect has been ID’ed as retired Tampa Police Captain Curtis Reeves. According to eyewitness reports from the Cobb Grove 16 theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida the fatal altercation began when Reeves, 71, confronted victim Chad Oulson, 43, who had been texting with his daughter during movie previews. In the ensuing argument Oulson reportedly threw popcorn at Reeves, who then shot him in the chest. Oulson later died from his injuries. Reeves was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder.
PREVIOUS, MONDAY 1:34 PM: A man who had been texting in a movie theater screening of the war action pic Lone Survivor died after being shot by another moviegoer today in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The victim had been texting on his cell phone and “making a lot of noise,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told CNN. (more…)