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    Jan 15, 2014

    Man shot dead for texting during movie


    AN ARGUMENT over texting at the movies ended in a mobile-phone user's death, when a retired police officer in the audience shot him at a theatre on Monday afternoon, the authorities said.

    Two couples were among patrons at a matinee of Lone Survivor at the Grove 16 movie theatre in Wesley Chapel, about 32km north-east of Tampa, Florida, when one of the men, a retired police officer, got angry because the man in front of him was using his phone during the previews, despite being asked to stop several times, said Mr Douglas Tobin, a Pasco County sheriff's office spokesman.

    The man using the phone explained to the irritated man that he was simply texting his three-year-old daughter, witness Charles Cummings told Tampa's FOX 13 television.

    "Three seconds, four seconds later, the argument started again," Mr Cummings told reporters outside the theatre.

    "Their voices started going up; there seemed to be almost a confrontation. Somebody threw popcorn, I'm not sure who threw the popcorn, and, bang, he was shot."

    The victim was identified as Mr Chad Oulson, 43. His wife, Nicole, had placed her hand over her husband just as he was shot, and was wounded, Mr Tobin said.

    The gunman, Curtis Reeves, 71, was charged with second-degree murder.