A retired police officer was charged with shooting and killing a man during an argument over cellphone use at a Florida theater, authorities said Monday.
Pasco County Sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said two couples had been watching "Lone Survivor" Monday at a movie theater at Wesley Chapel, Fla., north of Tampa, when shots were fired.
She said Curtis Reeves, 71, asked Chad Oulson, 43, to stop texting, and that they argued. Oulson and his wife, Nichole, were taken to a local hospital where he died. His wife's injuries weren't considered life-threatening.
The sheriff's office says an off-duty deputy detained Reeves until police arrived. Reeves was charged with second-degree murder. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said the shooting was at Cobb Theatres Grove 16 & CineBistro in Wesley Chapel.
The argument started when the male victim was texting during the previews before a showing of Lone Survivor, Nocco said.
"It's absolutely crazy it would rise to this level over somebody just texting," Nocco said.
The victims were airlifted to a Bay area hospital. Investigators describe the shooting as an "isolated incident."
Cobb Theatres issued a statement saying the company was "deeply saddened," adding that "our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families." The building was closed and an investigation was underway. "The safety, security and comfort of our guests and team members are always our top priorities, and we are truly heartbroken by this incident," the statement said.
Wesley Chapel, which has a population of about 45,000, is located near Tampa.
In July 2012, 12 people were killed and 70 wounded when a man walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and started shooting. James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His trial is set for August.