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New video released of movie theater shooting

WESLEY CHAPEL — The bullet that killed a Land O' Lakes man at a movie theater last month also grazed him on the right wrist before entering his chest, most likely because he was holding his hand up in front of himself when the shooting happened, an autopsy report said.

“The paths of the two gunshot wounds correspond when the right hand/wrist is held in front of the thorax and likely represent the path of a single bullet,” the report by the Pinellas Pasco Medical Examiner's Office said.

Chad Oulson, 43, died as a result of the Jan. 13 shooting at the Cobb Theatre in Wesley Chapel after he and another man became embroiled in an argument over Oulson texting during previews before a showing of the movie “Lone Survivor.”

A retired Tampa police captain, Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, of Hernando County, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death and is being held at the Land O' Lakes Jail without bond.

Oulson's wife, Nicole, 33, was shot in the finger by the same bullet that killed her husband, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported.

The autopsy report said that, after grazing Chad Oulson's wrist, the bullet entered his chest, perforating a rib, his heart and his lower right lung.

A toxicology report is still not complete, the medical examiner's office said.

Reeves was denied bail after a two-day bond hearing last week, a decision his attorney said will be appealed.

During the hearing, attorney Richard Escobar argued that Reeves shot in self defense because he was afraid of Oulson, who was becoming more agitated after Reeves repeatedly told him to turn off his cellphone and also reported Oulson to theater management.

A surveillance video showed Oulson, who was sitting in front of Reeves, grab Reeves' popcorn and throw it at him. The video, shown in court during the bond hearing, showed Reeves then pull out a handgun and shoot Oulson.

Escobar suggested that, before Oulson threw the popcorn, he also threw his cellphone at Reeves. The video at one point shows a tiny light coming toward Reeves, then falling toward the floor. Escobar said he believes that light was the cellphone.

More surveillance videos released this week by the Pinellas Pasco State Attorney's Office provide additional views of what happened that day inside the theater.

Reeves and his wife, Vivian, are seen arriving in the lobby, then later making their way to their seats in Theater 10, where the shooting happened. Reeves later can be seen getting up from his seat and another video shows him in the lobby, where he appears to be complaining to someone with theater management.

Reeves then returns to Theater 10. A final surveillance video clip shows the commotion after the shooting as other theatergoers rush to help Oulson.


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