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'He's not the movie police,' widow says of theater suspect


Published:   |   Updated: February 6, 2014 at 01:57 PM

Nicole Oulson told a national television audience retired police captain Curtis Reeves Jr. was an “authoritative figure” who felt disrespected before her husband was fatally shot in a movie theater.

Reeves, 71, a former SWAT team leader and Busch Gardens security chief, is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 death of Chad Oulson, who was on an afternoon date with his wife at a Wesley Chapel multiplex.

The shooting occurred after Reeves wanted Chad Oulson, 43, to stop texting during movie previews, investigators said. Nicole Oulson, appearing Thursday on ABC's “The View,” said her husband ignored Reeves and was texting to check on their toddler, who was teething and at a day care.

“He's not the movie police,” she said of Reeves.

“He's a gentleman who has been in an authoritative figure all of his life. He is used to telling people what to do, and they say 'how high?' when he says 'jump.' "

Oulson told “The View” co-hosts that Reeves “had confronted my husband several times, which my husband ignored and ignored and ignored. And it just got to a point where my husband spoke up ...”

Oulson said Reeves apparently felt disrespected. “He no longer has control,” she added.

Oulson, who appeared with her attorney, TJ Grimaldi, said Reeves showed no remorse and just “got caught.”

Reeves is being held at the Pasco County Jail. A hearing to determine whether Reeves will be granted bail was continued Wednesday and will resume Friday in Dade City.

Reeves' attorney, Richard Escobar, said his client was in fear and defending himself, and that Chad Oulson threw popcorn and another object at Reeves during the confrontation. Prosecutors said four witnesses have said Oulson didn't hit or touch Reeves.

Nicole Oulson, 33, who was shot in the hand by the same bullet that struck her husband, was at Wednesday's bail hearing.

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