WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — A judge has ordered that a 71-year-old retired police officer be held without bond on a charge that he shot a man dead in a Florida movie theater.
Curtis Reeves is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Monday. Reeves had his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
A Pasco County Sheriff's affidavit said Reeves told authorities that "he was in fear of being attacked" during the confrontation.
Officials say that before firing his gun, Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half-hour north of downtown Tampa.
A deputy's report released Tuesday says Reeves used a .380 handgun to shoot Oulson in the chest.