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Man fatally shot at Fla. theater over texting

Curtis Reeves faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting.
Curtis Reeves faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting. Tampa Bay Times via AP

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WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — Chad Oulson was described by friends as a man who loved dirt bikes and his baby daughter. Curtis Reeves was a retired Tampa police officer with numerous commendations who liked riding his motorcycle with his wife.

The men’s lives collided in a movie theater altercation that left Oulson dead and Reeves in jail. Oulson was texting his daughter’s daycare, friends said, and Reeves got mad. Authorities said Reeves shot and killed Oulson with a handgun after the men exchanged words.

‘‘He must have just snapped,’’ neighbor Joe D’Andrea said of Reeves, describing him as friendly, ‘‘stand-up’’ guy. ‘‘I’m trying to put all of this together.’’

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