Fla. theater suspect had commendable police career

By By TAMARA LUSH

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says a retired Tampa police officer's praiseworthy career doesn't offset the severity of the charge that he shot and killed another man after an argument at a movie theater over texting.

Curtis Reeves is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Monday. The 71-year-old Reeves was ordered held without bond Tuesday pending another hearing.

Reeves was a police officer for more than two decades until his retirement in 1993. He received outstanding evaluations and numerous letters of commendation for his leadership skills and the training he led for other agencies on gun safety and other topics.

But Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Tuesday, "It didn't matter what he had done previously in his life."

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