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Curtis Reeves, 71, is a retired Tampa police captain. / WTSP

The retired Tampa police captain who fatally shot a theatergoer in last month's confrontation over texting later told detectives that while he was acting in self-defense, he wished the incident had never happened.

"There is no justification for what happened in there. If I had it to do over again, it would have never happened," Curtis Reeves told Pasco County sheriff's detectives in a taped interview hours after the Jan. 13 shooting, played at Reeves' Friday bond hearing. "But you don't get do-overs."

Reeves, 71, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Chad Oulson.

At the end of a two-day hearing with testimony from Reeves' friends and former colleagues, who testified that Reeves had no anger issues and wasn't a flight risk, he was ordered held without bail until his trial.

The case has drawn widespread interest over texting in public, constitutional rights to bear arms and the private spat in a darkened movie theater that quickly escalated and caused the death of a young family man.

After the shooting, Reeves told detectives that he shot Oulson because he was confrontational and had threatened him. He also said Oulson hit him in the face, possibly with a cellphone, and that he acted in self-defense. "If I wasn't afraid of getting beat up, I would have never pulled a pistol," he said.

Witnesses said they didn't see Oulson hit Reeves, but saw popcorn thrown at him.

Judge Pat Siracusa also heard a tape from Oulson's widow, Nicole, interviewed at a hospital after being shot in the hand by the same bullet that killed her 43-year-old husband.

"He kept saying stuff to my husband," Nicole Oulson said on the recording. "Immediately it didn't even register with me, I just saw a spark and saw him go down."

Oulson said she didn't hear any threats between the two men leading up to the shooting.

She said that after the shooting Reeves "just sat in his chair, he just kind of leaned back and just sat there, didn't try to help."

Authorities said Reeves became upset when Oulson, sitting in front of Reeves, was texting during movie previews. It was later learned that Oulson was texting his daughter's babysitter. Witnesses said they didn't see Oulson hit Reeves, but some saw popcorn flying toward him.

"This happened so damn fast," Reeves told Detective Allen Proctor in a taped interview.

Reeves' wife, Vivian, also told detectives that Oulson used expletives, but didn't make any threats. She said he stood up and turned around, leaning over toward Reeves.

During a two-decade enforcement career, Reeves "never shot anybody," his wife said. "He's never threatened anybody with a gun."

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Contributing: The Associated Press



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