Texting during a movie may be a universal pet peeve, but one man reacted to the annoying interruption Monday with drastic measures, allegedly killing a man in an altercation after he apparently refused to follow proper phone etiquette during a movie.
71-year-old Curtis Reeves shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson Monday evening, after asking Oulson to stop texting during a movie.
Eye witness Charles Cummings told Fox News that Reeves and his wife were seated behind Oulson and his wife in a Wesley Chapel, Fla. movie theater when Reeves became annoyed with Oulson as he continued to text during a movie.
Reeves left to get a manager but came back without one, Cummings told Fox News. Oulson tried to explain he was texting his 3-year-old daughter but "three seconds, four seconds later, the argument starts again," Cummings told reporters.
"Their voices start going up, somebody throws popcorn; I'm not sure who threw the popcorn, and, bang, he was shot," Cummings said.
Audience members in the movie theater rushed to help the wounded man. Two nurses who had been in the audience performed CPR while an off-duty sheriff deputy apprehended the gunman, CNN reported.
Oulson and his wife, who also suffered minor wounds, were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where Oulson later died.
Reeves who is actually a retired Tampa police captain, was arrested on a charge of second-degree homicide, The New York Times reported. Reeves is also responsible for creating Tampa police department's first tactical response team, ABC News noted.
Those who know Reeves say his actions are out of character.
"It just doesn't make sense to me. Not from what I know of him," Reeves' neighbor, Bill Costas told CNN.
A spokesman for the National Association of Theater Owners released a statement encouraging movie goers to be courteous of their fellow audience members. Spokesman Patrick Corcoran also reminded the public that though the incident was tragic, it "is an isolated incident, and movie theaters are a safe and enjoyable entertainment destination for millions of people.".