Killer in Florida movie theater says he acted 'in fear'

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Jerryball wrote:

Oh Brother — FLORIDA! Another “Stand Your Ground” killing, this time it isn’t Skittles and Soda, but POPCORN? Throwing Killer Popcorn is a good motive to blow someone away says the skanky Alligator Lawyer. Now the nation will have to go through another of these red neck Lollapalooza trials complete with gun nutz galore.

Jan 14, 2014 3:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TerryWatts wrote:

He’ll learn about “fear” in his local FL Prison, especially when it becomes known that he was a Cop…

Jan 14, 2014 3:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Passionsgate wrote:

He left and came back and killed a man, destroyed a family!! He didn’t have to do it…he choose to and for that he deserves to rot in jail….just like Zimmerman deserved to rot in jail…unfortunately here in Florida the police have special rights as do their cohorts and friends and this idiot will get away with this…shame on Florida!!

Jan 14, 2014 4:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ETER wrote:

Now figure how many innocent people in the past he has arrested and put in jail. This behavior does not develop overnight. He us just showing his real criminal side. I hope they look into all the cases he handled in the past.

Jan 14, 2014 4:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rti wrote:

It sounds like what a cop always says, ‘I felt threaten’ what a weak loser. he takes a gun to see a movie that says it all.
I hate police and this is just another example of how out of control they are on duty or retired…

Jan 14, 2014 4:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse

WOW, another unnecessary death from the home of ‘Stand your Ground’. And I guess this gun owner is the model of responsibility for the gun-owners, considering he was an ex cop. When will they realize that the prevalence of guns just makes it more likely that events like this end up in deaths instead of someone getting popcorn dumped on them.

Sad.

Jan 14, 2014 4:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
123John123 wrote:

There is absolutely no justification for this shooting. However, I am surprised that Jerryball and others think it is perfectly acceptable to throw popcorn at, verbally abuse, and bully a 71 year old man. Why are you so opposed to a little civility?

Jan 14, 2014 4:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RodeoDude wrote:

Yes, absolutely he should have done what he did. How was he to know that after the popcorn the guy that was texting was not going to excalate to maybe something more serious? He stood his ground and defended himself from a disturbed man that was clearly in the way of him enjoying the movie he paid with HIS money. More power to him. More like him.

Jan 14, 2014 4:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ninjanurse wrote:

Nothing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun.

Jan 14, 2014 4:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
123John123 wrote:

@Yanninono – they don’t allow guns. He was breaking the rules, as criminals tend to do.

Jan 14, 2014 4:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
louder wrote:

What if there was:
A bully who doesn’t care what anybody else thinks.
A bully who does what he wants.
A bully who dares anyone else to stopping him from doing what he wants.
A bully that got pissed that someone dare to stop him from doing what he wants.
A bully that got into an old man’s face.
A bully who threw something at an old man in a dark theater.
A bully who’s wife tried to pull him back.
A bully who picked on the wrong old man.
What then?

Jan 14, 2014 4:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
seandelacome wrote:

Its no different in Florida than in every state. Cops are above the law. They kill people with increasing frequency. They know they have special privileges. Consider this one retired at 51. Then went to work elsewhere. Then the off duty sherriff who was witnessing the entire incident (only 21 other people in movie, pretty hard not to notice) didnt get involved until after the shooting, and by the language used, didnt really do much to restrain the guy. Cops suck and each time they get honored as heroes these days, i want to throw up.

Jan 14, 2014 4:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SameNameHere wrote:

Sounds like a load of B.S. to me. The shooter is just backpeddling because he realizes he’s going to prison where some big boys will love him long time.

Jan 14, 2014 4:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
StanO6 wrote:

What do you expect from the “Gunshineā€¯ state?

Jan 14, 2014 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
VinceH wrote:

Ummm…So was the movie any good? Why does a 71 year old former cop bring a gun to a movie or anywhere? This is the problem with police, they always believe they are above the law, and can do what they want and get away with it. He just destroyed a family, whether the guy was an a-hole or not for throwing the popcorn, could only imagine the verbal exchange between him and a former police captain trying to push his buttons. This was easily avoided, I am assuming there were more seats available, and there is no excuse, period.

Jan 14, 2014 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SeanPaz wrote:

Stand your ground – pure insanity. Avoid the 22 states that have this as “law”. Hit them in their pockets, the only thing that Americans understand except in some cases carrying guns. Hideous.

Jan 14, 2014 4:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NH10 wrote:

Gun owners seem to be a particularly paranoid and fearful lot. How sad that what would have been a small altercation now has left a young father dead and an old man probably behind bars.

Jan 14, 2014 4:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CCGlashaus wrote:

I actually stopped carrying my own pistol over 10 years ago (legal in Anchorage, Alaska) because there is no doubt in my mind that carrying the gun attracted trouble to me (even though it was concealed). I have heard that if you go for a walk through the woods in Alaska without a gun, then you will see ravens. However, if you have a gun, you will not see ravens. It’s the Law of Attraction. Even though every citizen should be allowed to own weapons, guns should be carried only by people who really need them
such as cops, off-duty cops, et alia.

Jan 14, 2014 4:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
seandelacome wrote:

yaninono,
you display your ignorance in multiple ways with one single comment. 1-the movie theater didnt allow guns. There is no mention of anything about obama (he would only care if someone is not white.) And the tea party , to my understanding, doesnt blame obama for cops killing people. They actually hold the people responsible for doing the things they do. Its liberals who blame other people than the shooter for the shooters acts. Maybe we will find out that the cop was gay and this is society not accepting gays. or maybe the cop was black and the victim white, and the cop will say he was uttering racist comments. I think tea party people simply say the cop should go to jail. And liberals will as well if he isnt part of a minority. Do we know if the cop or victim were both white? if they werent, then we will soon hear how this was a hate crime and no matter if the cop is black or the the victim black, liberals will take that side, since doing otherwise would be racist.

Jan 14, 2014 4:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Tacona wrote:

What is wrong with people? This is multi-sided to me. One, respect other people and don’t use a cell phone inside the theater. Go outside for the love of all things holy, don’t disrupt my trying to enjoy it with your stupid calls/texts/fb posts/etc. Two, you don’t get up and throw anything at anyone, let alone a 60+ (guessing, since he’s retired) year old man for asking you to put away said cell phone. Three, you don’t pull a gun on anyone so quickly, that would/should be a last resort option only. Come on, wake up and use some common sense people. You can’t do whatever you want, whenever you want with no regard for others. Enough is enough.

Jan 14, 2014 4:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
seandelacome wrote:

louder –think about the actions of this cop and then incorporate that into your thinking of who may have been acting irrationally. This was done (texting not talking) during previews. Consider all of that. The cop no doubt decided he was gonna tell this man what to do. and when he didnt comply, and the matinee manager was no where to be found, shot a man. He is a trained guy… and he killed a man. Consider this–he was all about not breaking rules about texting (wooo!!) but he had a gun that wasnt allowed either. Which rule do you think he should care about?

Jan 14, 2014 4:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
locustst wrote:

He left the theatre, retrieved his gun?, returned. Never contacted management. Murderer. If he went and got a gun, first degree at least. Sorry, but popcorn in the face is not a license to kill. And as far as civility goes, where was his civility? He doesn’t get to make rules for the rest of the world.

Jan 14, 2014 4:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SteeLRaiN6 wrote:

Ok I’ll say it, if the idiot had gone into the lobby to text / make the call / be annoying / there would not have been a problem either.

Jan 14, 2014 4:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Anpadh wrote:

RodeoDude & Louder: There is absolutely nothing that justifies carrying a weapon illegally into a movie theater. Secondly, if he had felt threatened, he would have LEFT. He would not have gone and then returned. Thirdly, even if he couldn’t see what was thrown at him, he could still feel it and know that it was just popcorn. Fourth, the victim never touched him or even said threatening words to him. Fifth, the victim’s wife wasn’t trying to hold him back. She was trying to protect him from an insane gunman. And if she WAS holding him back, then he wasn’t a threat.

Jan 14, 2014 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AJL512 wrote:

That child will have to be raised by his widow mother and without his father because of this…this…this guy. This guy shows up to watch a movie with a gun. Take the gun out of the equation and one of these guys might end up with a bloody nose or some buttered popcorn in his hair. Throw a gun into the mix and somebody ends up dead. The “argument” ensued _before_ the movie, even…during the coming attractions. What is it about the gun nuts and their need to justify this atrocity in the name of their engorged egos, their threatened masculinity and their might-makes-right mentality?
It’s a crying shame! That’s all it is!

Jan 14, 2014 5:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SKrob wrote:

Death penalty. This was such a callous disregard for human life that this creep, whatever his age, should face the death penalty.

Congratulations to Florida’s legislature for sending a pretty clear message to the citizens of Florida that it’s okay to resolve conflict at the end of a gun barrel. What a cesspool of a state.

Jan 14, 2014 5:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SKrob wrote:

People that are defending the shooter are as appalling and vulgar as the shooter.

Jan 14, 2014 5:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BooFrickenHoo wrote:

Another well-armed Floridian COWARD invokes ‘Stand your ground’ to shield himself from responsibility for murdering an innocent, unarmed civilian.

Jan 14, 2014 5:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dahatema wrote:

I am so glad I live in New York City where criminals act more responsibly with their guns than “good guys with guns”.

Jan 14, 2014 5:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KYJurisDoctor wrote:

Although the affidavit quotes Reeves as saying he was “in fear of being attacked” when he fired his gun, witnesses said Oulson had only thrown a bag of popcorn at him.”

i’m sure in floriDUH, a bag of popcorn qualifies as a deadly weapon, if you choose to “stand your ground”!

Jan 14, 2014 6:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KYJurisDoctor wrote:

Although the affidavit quotes Reeves as saying he was “in fear of being attacked” when he fired his gun, witnesses said Oulson had only thrown a bag of popcorn at him.”

i’m sure in floriDUH, a bag of popcorn qualifies as a deadly weapon, if you choose to “stand your ground”!

Jan 14, 2014 6:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Another example which clearly demonstrates that the biggest threat to Americans, is their fellow Americans.

Jan 14, 2014 6:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pdq3 wrote:

Of course he said he “acted in fear”.

He’s just building a “stand your ground” defense for an indefensible crime.

Jan 14, 2014 6:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
thetruth6311 wrote:

I said this when I first read this story yesterday. There is no doubt he will use the stand your ground defense. I believe this is a wicked law for wicked people.

Jan 14, 2014 6:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dog7atl wrote:

I hope they start a fund for Mr. Reeves. Respect your elders. Pay $50 to see a movie and some yo-yo is going to set there and text through it, get up and go outside you idiot. It’s called being courteous. Then stand up and throw something at a 71 year old person. Just wait till they start letting them yo-yos call and text on flights. Three hour flight and another jack-wagon is going to bluetooth the whole flight in the seat next to you so loud the people back can understand the yo-yos conversation. Oh Yeah they’ll be going postal on them flights, just wait and see.

Jan 14, 2014 6:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Domjohn wrote:

The cellphone use was during the previews and commercials. The movie was nowhere near starting. The theater hadn’t even darkened yet. The guy gets angry because someone is checking to see that things are okay at home?

Jan 14, 2014 6:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
seandelacome wrote:

I think this focus on being polite in a movie theater is outrageous. Its such a minor point vs the guy gets killed. I went to see the same movie on Saturday. I think a mother and son spoke to each other in front of me maybe 4 times. Slightly annoying. But anyone who is focused on texting during previews (PREVIEWS!!!) rather than a guy taking a gun out and shooting the texter ( what? the light bothered him?) is nearly as crazy as this cop who is accustomed to telling people what to do. I wonder how many arrests he made because he just felt the need to be respected.

Jan 14, 2014 6:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Terribly sad story. Old man straight to jail for life IMO. Undoubtedly anti gun folks will use their unique form of logic to claim this is yet another reason to take away guns from responsible people or “ban guns from theaters”. I don’t go to a movie or a restaurant or anywhere else for that matter without a gun. There are to many crazies out there to walk around with no way to protect myself and my family.

Jan 14, 2014 6:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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Jan 14, 2014 7:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DrewLee wrote:

Jailed? He should have done it while he was still on the force and he could have got a paid vacation and a medal.

Jan 14, 2014 7:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WowCriminy wrote:

The man left the theater and came back to sit down in the same seat behind the same person with whom he had already chosen to have an argument. He is a murdered with premeditation in my opinion. He left and got his gun and came back and shot the man. A person does not carry around a gun, pick fights, and then say they felt threatened just so they can shoot someone. Sounds like this crazy ex-cop should have been in therapy… not a movie theater.

Jan 14, 2014 7:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BlueSunflower wrote:

George Zimmerman’s influence. Good job not holding him accountable, Florida. Now look what you have to deal with.

Jan 14, 2014 7:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zzzzzzzzzzz wrote:

grampa will be safer in a padded cell.

Jan 14, 2014 7:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
docrocinroc wrote:

Yes, he was scared to death, just like George Zimmerman was.

Jan 14, 2014 7:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
akcoins wrote:

Does everybody in Florida fear for their lives all the time?

Jan 14, 2014 7:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FredESmit wrote:

Apparently buttered popcorn is a threat.

Jan 14, 2014 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bfar wrote:

2 California cops just got away with savagely beating to death
a mentally-disabled man. ALL AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM: the government, in all its many forms (in this case, your local cops), thinks it is ABOVE-THE-LAW and unanswerable.
Speak out before it is too late to salvage what is left of citizens’ LEGAL RIGHTS and LEGAL PROTECTIONS.

Jan 14, 2014 7:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JimmyCogsdil wrote:

Afraid of PopCorn. . . Well I guess that is a good reason to kill someone.

Jan 14, 2014 7:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
grittytruth wrote:

Not at all justified. As a former police officer he should have better judgement. Now while throwing popcorn at someone is uncouth, it does not warrant shooting someone in the chest.

Jan 14, 2014 7:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MacMan wrote:

In a civilized country, Oulson would have been arrested and charged with assault.

In places like Florida, Oulson ends up dead and Reeves ends up charged with murder.

Anyone with an IQ above 70 should be able to figure out that more firearms on the street will result in more senseless gun deaths.

Jan 14, 2014 8:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TedW14 wrote:

Being a rude jerk is hazardous to your health.

Jan 14, 2014 8:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TedW14 wrote:

Being a rude jerk is hazardous to your health.

Jan 14, 2014 8:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bookfan wrote:

Being a gun nut is hazardous to your freedom.

Jan 14, 2014 9:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
drauckerr wrote:

Who carries a loaded gun to a movie theater? A man who plans to kill. A murderer. But don’t expect justice to be done. The forces of government tyranny will stand by their man and protect him. A concerned father, checking on his 3 yr old daughter, is dead because the government is out of control.

Jan 14, 2014 9:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bookfan wrote:

drauckerr – in all fairness, you don’t know if ten people in that theater had guns on them. One a hole does not speak to all people.

Jan 14, 2014 10:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bookfan wrote:

drauckerr – in all fairness, you don’t know if ten people in that theater had guns on them. One a hole does not speak to all people.

Jan 14, 2014 10:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bookfan wrote:

Who was Zimmerman’s lawyer? Is he out of psychological guilt counseling yet and available to get another killer off?

Jan 14, 2014 10:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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