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Chad Oulson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Monday afternoon at Cobb Grove 16 Theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Chad Oulson was shot dead in front of his wife at a screening of Lone Survivor.

According to the Tampa Tribune, seventy-one-year-old former police officer Curtis Reeves was seated with his own wife, behind the Oulsons, and grew irritated with the noise Chad was making while texting his 3-year-old daughter’s babysitter.

Detectives say Reeves asked Oulson several times to stop texting, then left the theater to seek help from an usher. When he returned, Oulson asked whether Reeves had reported him to management. An argument ensued, and Reeves claims Oulson struck him in the face with an unknown object. Witnesses do not report any punches, only that they saw popcorn go flying. Reeves then drew a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol and shot Oulson through the chest, also wounding Oulson’s wife.

Here’s what we know about the deceased:


1. He Married His Wife in 2006

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According to Oulson’s Facebook page, March 23, 2006. The Oulsons moved to Florida three years ago, after meeting in Clayton, Illinois.

Chad’s timeline is dominated by photos of his daughter Lexi, posing with her parents for Christmas cards, sticking her tongue out at a mall santa, standing outside a local restaurant. Oulson is 43, ten years older than his wife Nicole, who sells insurance for USAA.

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2. He Was a Big Fan of Power Sports

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Oulson did financial work for Sky Powersports in Port Richey Florida, a retailer of motorcycles and off-road vehicles. The only thing Oulson appears to have loved nearly as much as his wife and child, is motocross. His Facebook likes are filled with professional motocross racers, and he has a profile on a dirt bike social network.

3. His Wife Called In Sick To Spend the Day With Him

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According to the ABC affiliate in Tampa, Nicole and Chad worked different shifts, which, while helpful for childcare, wasn’t so great for romance. On the day of the shooting, Nicole called out from work to enjoy a lunch and movie date with her husband, while their daughter was at daycare. They selected the matinee showing of Lone Survivor so they could still pick up Lexi on time.


4. His Friends and Neighbors Are Devastated

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Neighbor and friend Saverio Mongelli described Oulson to ABC as “a good, genuine person, funny guy,” before breaking down in tears. Mongelli and his wife moved to Sequester Loop in Land O’ Lakes, Flordia three years ago, just one week after the Oulsons’ settled into the neighborhood. Mongelli recalled seeing Oulson whenever he visited the community pool, playing with all the kids, luxuriating in the water, in his love for his daughter.

Read more: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_pasco/friends-of-chad-oulson-who-was-shot-dead-at-a-pasco-movie-theater-are-speaking-out-tonight#ixzz2qOXmvYUx

Oulson’s friend Joseph Trapani noted that Chad “doesn’t carry weapons, doesn’t hold weapons,” and argued that as a former security professional, Curtis Reeves never should have allowed the incident to escalate to the point it did. Trapani added:

“It is just going to be a huge hole in everybody’s lives for him and his family. He’d give you the shirt off his back if he needed to.”


5. Oulson’s Wife Tried to Stop the Bullet

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According to the Tribune, when Reeves produced his weapon, Nicole lunged in front of her husband, putting her hand up to her husband’s chest, in an attempt to stop the bullet.

According to an eye-witness, Chat shouted “I can’t believe I’ve been shot,” before falling to the ground, and dying seconds later.

Here’s the arrest report:

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4 comments

  1. Disorderly conduct & disturbing the peace are citable offenses & can lead to rioting, looting, arson, and mass murder. It can lead to outright warfare. This victim was a supremely arrogant narcissist & to him no one else has any rights. It there was always a shooter when people disrupt movies, then movies wouldn’t be disrupted — not a bad outcome. If there was always disruption with no recourse, then unpredictable mass overreaction would intermittently ensue — a terrible and known outcome. This provocative instigator was killed. He deserved a good punch in the nose, but had that been attempted, the citizen/cop might have been killed, which he did not deserved having NOT created the altercation. If this shooter were black & elderly, then after a valid legal polite request had popcorn thrown in his face & then he shot this spiteful cuss, he would not have been arrested.

    • Ok, let’s examine the implications of your statement.

      “Disorderly conduct & disturbing the peace are citable offenses & can lead to rioting, looting, arson, and mass murder.”

      Rioting is by definition a form of civil disorder commonly characterized by a group lashing out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people. If an individual texting causes a riot, it is not his fault. The only act he must take responsibility for is disrupting the peace. Sole responsibility lies on the heads of every individual who made the personal decision to participate in civil disorder. To state that it is John doe’s fault that another individual decided to commit a crime is ludicrous. Such notions imply that two wrongs make a right, (or in the case of a riot, many wrongs.) and relieves the rioting criminals of all personal responsibility. This applies to looting, arson, mass murder, or any other crime under the sun that you attempt to blame on anyone other than the individual/s commuting the crime.

      ” It can lead to outright warfare.”

      Warfare by definition is tactical, and requires planning and application of military strategy to be conducted effectively in reaching their stated or assumed objectives and goals.
      Firstly, you are downplaying the word, yet applying it as if it’s defining characteristics and ensuing consequences remain faithful to it’s definition. Therefore, if your application of the word were to retain it’s serious implications, both parties (the texter and the gunman) would need to engage in planned tactical behavior. Otherwise, your statement is a redundancy, and simply serves to rename your earlier reference to rioting in order to heighten mental and emotional reaction.
      Secondly, even in a casual sense of the term “warfare”, both parties would need to engage.

      ” This victim was a supremely arrogant narcissist & to him no one else has any rights.”

      Even if this were true, the implications of this statement contradicts your entire point. Or maybe I’m wrong. Tell me. Is shooting a civilian in front of innocent bystanders that include children a disturbance of the peace? I do believe that the brutal killing of a man is far more disruptive than a man texting. In fact, it’s downright traumatizing.

      ” It there was always a shooter when people disrupt movies, then movies wouldn’t be disrupted — not a bad outcome.”

      Answer honestly. Is a minor disruption of mild entertainment in a public place a capital offence? Seriously. Think before you speak now. Because that’s the kind of law enforcement sustained by dictators like Saddam Hussein or Kim Jong Un. All I can say is thank God You aren’t a political leader. And you should be thankful that you aren’t under such a rule as well. Because I’d bet my bottom dollar that you’ve annoyed someone in a public place at some point. That aside, if there were a shooting every time there was a disruption, I’m pretty sure Nobody would go to the theater.

      ” If there was always disruption with no recourse, then unpredictable mass overreaction would intermittently ensue — a terrible and known outcome.”

      Yeah, in more serious situations, you are correct. However, you do realize that you are talking about an upper-middle class white male texting in a movie theater right? Seriously, what world do you live in? A world where a middle-aged white guy texting in a theater leads to total and complete anarchy. Oh yeah, and world war 3. Man, I know what you mean. One time, a woman’s phone rang and everybody started randomly killing each other. Then, out of nowhere, a tank blew a hole in the wall. Then the remaining survivors looted a radio shack and joined the Manson family. ….dude, give me a break.

      ” This provocative instigator was killed. He deserved a good punch in the nose, but had that been attempted, the citizen/cop might have been killed, which he did not deserved having NOT created the altercation. ”

      Once again, is a minor annoyance a capital offence? As for the shooter being in danger, that is utter carp and you know it. This man was an ex cop. He had years of training in public safety, self defence and was trained in handling deadly weapons. If he was that jumpy, he would not have been a police captain. You’re telling me that after a lifetime in training and on the field, he was so frightened by a bag of popcorn that he felt he had to pull a gun out and fire WITHOUT WARNING FIRST? Warning before firing is a practice, by the way, that is strongly enforced. The fact is, he got angry and murdered a man for annoying him in a public place. This does not speak highly of a man who was tasked with protecting the peace that you are so willing to kill for. You must be such a fun guy to be around.

      ” If this shooter were black & elderly, then after a valid legal polite request had popcorn thrown in his face & then he shot this spiteful cuss, he would not have been arrested.”

      Cause why not bring race into this, right? Do me a favor. Never go out in public again. Are you really implying that a black man would be favored over a white man? If you really believe that, you’re either the most ignorant person I’ve ever met, or you’re racist. Even if that were true, though. Why bring up race in a situation that has absolutely nothing to do with race? Personally, I don’t give a rat’s ass if the shooter was black or white, male or female, young or elderly. If you are so mentally unstable that you feel justified in murdering a man for a minor disruption, I want you arrested and put away where you can never harm anyone else ever again. THAT’S keeping the peace, you deluded, ignorant, careless, selfish, sociopathic psycho. Nobody should feel safe around you. Seriously, you need help.

  2. fact 5 nicole tried to deescalate the situation and was tugging on her husband to turn around and was shot.

  3. This makes me so sad and angry!
    Who in the right mind would kill someone over this nonsense ! Being a cop shouldn’t he have any logic?
    Doesn’t he know not everyone is as old as him and about to die? He never thought perhaps the young man has a family and child?
    Stupid crazy idiot cop! I’m glad he is receiving shame and embarrassment for everywhere worldwide! I wish we can hang his head in the streets,
    for all the hurt and pain he caused everyone. When he calms his old tits I bet he will truly realize how pathetic he is an what he has done!
    All that for nothing, he should be embarrassed and ashamed. If he is impatient and lacks self control we are lucky this murderer is no longer a bad cop serving our country.
    Murderer!