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Florida Movie Theater Shooting: Report says victim Chad Oulson threw bag of popcorn at Curtis Reeves before shooting; bond denied for Reeves

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Wesley Chapel, Florida -- A retired police officer accused of shooting and killing a man inside a Wesley Chapel movie theater is being held without bond.

On Tuesday afternoon, 71-year-old Curtis Reeves made his first court appearance, appearing via video and donning a suicide gown. Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper denied the defense's request to drop the second degree murder charge and that "regardless of his ties to the community," his bond was denied.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office released the arrest report in Monday's deadly movie theater shooting, and it includes new details.

The report says Reeves, a retired Tampa police captain, was sitting behind Chad Oulson in the theater.

Click here to read the full arrest report

Reeves confronted Oulson about sending text messages during the previews before the movie. Then Reeves went out and complained to the theater's staff.

When he came back in, that confrontation picked back up and escalated. 

Reeves told deputies he then pulled out his gun and shot Oulson in the chest, because Oulson stood and hit him in the face with something.

Witnesses say that something was a bag of popcorn. The report also says no witnesses saw any punches being thrown.

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The Hernando County Sheriff's Office confirmed to 10 News that Reeves served for two years on the board of Hernando County Crime Stoppers.

For more than a year, he was the board's president. The board removed him in 2007 after he missed three straight board meetings.

If he's convicted, the mandatory 25-year sentence means Reeves would almost certainly die in prison.

Good Samaritan was off-duty deputy

We also now know who jumped in to take the gun and keep Reeves from moving or leaving: he's Sumter County Sheriff's Corporal Alan Hamilton.

A member of that office since 2002, Hamilton was off duty and at the movie with his wife. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco called Hamilton a hero for jumping into that situation and stopping it.

Previous movie theater texting incident?

While Reeves' lawyers said in court that their client had never shown any previous violent actions, the prosecution said it is possible he has a history of confrontation and intimidation when it came to movie theater cell phone users.

The prosecution says a woman contacted Pasco deputies on Monday night to say she had a disturbing encounter with the suspect a few weeks ago. She claims she was confronted by Reeves on December 28 for texting at the same Wesley Chapel movie theater. 

"She felt very uncomfortable about it, [and] indicated he was glaring at her the entire time, throughout the movie and afterwards," the prosecutor said during Reeves' court appearance. "She felt very uncomfortable with this."

Meanwhole, a message posted on the Cobb Theatre's website says the Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel is still closed. a spokesperson for Cobb tells 10 News the movie theater will reopen on Wednesday.

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