Popcorn? Fear of death? Theater killing trial set for jury

Theater Shooting Florida
Posted at 1:37 PM, Feb 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-25 13:37:22-05

A Florida prosecutor told jurors that a retired police SWAT commander fatally shot a fellow moviegoer because he threw popcorn in his face during an argument because it violated his self-image as an “alpha male.”

Prosecutor Scott Rosenwasser told jurors during closing arguments Friday that retired Tampa police Capt. Curtis Reeves never believed Chad Oulson was a threat at a suburban Tampa theater eight years ago before he fired a fatal shot.

Defense attorney Richard Escobar countered that Reeves reasonably believe his life was in danger when Oulson turned, yelled and reached toward him.

Reeves is charged with second-degree murder and would face a life sentence if convicted.