Tri-States native killed in Florida theater shooting

Chad Oulson and his family's 2013 holiday photo courtesy of Facebook

A man with ties to the Tri-States was fatally wounded in a movie theater shooting near Tampa, Fla. Monday in a dispute that erupted over texting during a movie.

Chad Oulson, 43, of Land O' Lakes, Fla. is a graduate of Brown County High School in Mt. Sterling, Ill., according to family members reached by phone Monday night. Some family members reside in the Camp Point area, but could not be reached for comment.

Authorities say a retired Tampa police officer is charged in the shooting.

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

Pasco County Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin says that argument led to the shooting. 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. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

A memorial fund has been set up for Oulson and his family at the Brown County State Bank in Mt. Sterling. If you would like to contribute, you can write a check made out to the fund and send to Brown County State Bank, 101 E. Main P.O Box 32, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353.

The money raised will go towards Oulsen's wife and daughter.

KHQA Assignment Editor Kris Wernowsky contributed to this story.