The Tampa Bay Times speculated that Reeves could use the legislation, which allows for people to use deadly force if “a person fears death or great bodily harm…even if retreat possible.”
Curtis Reeves reportedly said Chad Oulson had thrown objects at him and, therefore, he feared for his life. Of course, like Trayvon Martin, Chad Oulson isn’t here to give his version of the events that led up to his murder, but thankfully, his wife and others witnessed the altercation.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the following series of events led up to the shooting:
Reeves wanted [Chad Oulson] to stop texting. He walked out and complained to theater management. When Reeves returned to the 1:20 p.m. showing of Lone Survivor, “words were exchanged” and Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves, an arrest affidavit states.
Witnesses say the pair did not throw punches. Then Reeves pulled a gun and shot Oulson, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.
So, a bag of popcorn is now a deadly weapon? Kinda like George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara arguing that Trayvon Martin used the sidewalk as a deadly weapon. Don’t get me wrong, it was incredibly disrespectful of Chad Oulson to throw the popcorn at Curtis Reeves, but that’s no justification for fatally shooting him. It’s no surprise to learn that the retired police captain approached another moviegoer about texting three weeks ago, the Daily Mail reports. Sounds a lot like George Zimmerman-type vigilantism.
This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.