Man accused of fatally shooting moviegoer details his long tenure in law enforcement

Curtis Reeves, accused of fatally shooting a man in a dispute over texting in a movie theater in January 2014, spent the first two hours of his testimony today chronicling his nearly 27 years of experience in law enforcement as well as his later work in private security.

Reeves, 74, is accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Jan. 13, 2014, during a confrontation over texting before a showing of “Lone Survivor,” police said. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.

Reeves testified that he served multiple roles with the Tampa Police Department in Florida. He started as a patrolman before being promoted to detective and later a sergeant. He created and designed a SWAT team for the department, and by the early 1908s rose to the rank of captain.

He said he became a program coordinator for the department and subsequently started…

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