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Deputies say Curtis Reeves' gun jammed after he allegedly shot Chad Oulson at the Wesley Chapel Cobb movie theater

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New Port Richey, Florida - We are learning new details about the day a retired Tampa police officer allegedly shot and killed another man inside the Cobb Grove 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel on Monday.

"He was very calm. He was seated in the chair looking straight ahead at the screen," said Sgt. Steve Greiner.

Greiner was the first member of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to come into contact with alleged shooter Curtis Reeves, who is accused of shooting Chad Oulson to death.

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It was part of several new details to arise out of a Tuesday press conference hosted by Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. It's the first time we heard the accounts of first responder Sgt. Greiner and the detectives currently working the case against Reeves.

Among the questions that members of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office attempted to answer was why Reeves, who can be seen walking to a police cruiser after his arrest, was unguarded by a deputy.

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"Going back, we will be doing an after-actions report. We're going to review the whole policy," said Sheriff Nocco.

We also now know that Chad Oulson's wife had her hand on her husband chest as she tried to break up the fight with Reeves, who was upset that Oulson was texting during the movie previews.

It was during the confrontation that Reeves fired one shot, which traveled through Nicole Oulson's hand and landed in her husband's chest.

According to deputies, Reeves' gun jammed after that first shot was fired.

The off-duty Sumter County Sheriff's deputy who intervened said he grabbed Reeves' gun, but that he originally resisted.

"Initially for a couple seconds, he grabbed the gun, but then he let go," said Sgt. Steve Greiner.

Reeves appeared in court on Tuesday, but was denied bond on second degree murder charges.

His attorney said his client has been an upstanding member of the community and plans to fight that decision during another hearing.

"So please, don't rush to judgment. Let's hear all the evidence, let's hear from the witnesses, and then you all can make your decisions," said Reeves' attorney, Richard Escobar. 

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