Sheriff Chris Nocco told ABC Action News that Reeves left the theater in an effort to find an usher that could tell Chad to turn off his phone. Nocco added that when Reeves returned, the men exchanged words, popcorn went flying, and that is when Reeves pulled out a .380 pistol and opened fire.
"For a retired or off duty officer, who has that training and all that, it should have never escalated to that point," said Chad's friend Joseph Trapani.
"Chad doesn't carry weapons, doesn't hold weapons," he said.
According to witnesses, when Reeves pulled out the gun, Chad's wife lunged to protect him. She reportedly put her hand over his chest but the bullet ended up going through her hand.
Chad, according to witness Alex Cummings, took a few steps and blurted out, "I can't believe I've been shot."
Chad fell down and died seconds later.
I'm going to allow that maybe the victim seemed belligerent to the shooter, but this really makes no difference. The way I see it, the psychology of the shooter was thinking he had the tool to "fix" what it was about Chad Oulson that bothered him (like, breathing, I imagine), so he forgot the guy was even human. He aimed for max body mass. It was a kill shot.
I'm about Chad Oulson's age, and I grieve for that little girl's understanding of how this went down. Three is almost the age at which memories are made, so she will always remember her daddy as a tragedy. That is so horrible to think about. He was texting her (or maybe her daycare or babysitter, or whatever) and that was something that tee'd off some crankcase old gunslinger. I don't know what carrying that sadness would be like for that little girl, but I can imagine.
This is why I don't think guns are a great solution to lots of things,