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Published : 2014-01-15 14:08
Updated : 2014-01-15 14:08

A retired police officer in Florida is accused of shooting a man before an afternoon movie started because the man was texting and an argument ensued, according to the AP.

The shooting Monday, during a 1:20 p.m. showing of “Lone Survivor” at a movie theater in Florida, escalated from an objection to cellphone use, to a series of arguments, to the sudden and deadly shootings, according to the report.

Chad Oulson was sending text messages to his daughter during movie previews. Curtis Reeves, a retired police officer, asked Oulson to put his phone away. Then they got into an argument, according to police and witnesses.

Reeves shot at Oulson and his wife. Oulson was fatally wounded. His wife was hit, too, but suffered a non-life threatening wound to her hand.

During a press conference held by WFLA-TV, County Sheriff Chris Nocco said, “Anybody, over a cell phone, over somebody texting, to take their life ... it’s ridiculous.”

By Lee Shin-young (sylee@heraldcorp.com)

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