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Retired police officer charged in Florida theater killing

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WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Authorities say a retired Tampa police officer has been charged with fatally shooting a man during an argument over cellphone use at a Florida theater.

Pasco County Sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said two couples had been watching “Lone Survivor” on Monday at a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa. She said 71-year-old Curtis Reeves asked 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting.

Oulson and his wife, Nichole, were taken to a Tampa-area hospital where he later died. His wife's injuries weren't considered life-threatening.

The sheriff's office says an off-duty Sumter County deputy detained Reeves until police arrived. 

Reeves has been charged with second-degree murder.

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