Ex-cop arrested for fatal shooting over texting during the previews

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Dude was texting during the previews. I mean, I get that it's annoying to have people talking and texting during a movie. It would be REALLY annoying. But, the movie hadn't even started yet.
 

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Dude was texting during the previews. I mean, I get that it's annoying to have people talking and texting during a movie. It would be REALLY annoying. But, the movie hadn't even started yet.

Reading more reports I think it was more about the texter kept turning around and making smart *** comments to the old man. Even after the man walked out and came back they guy turned and made more comments to the old man.
 
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Reading more reports I think it was more about the texter kept turning around and making smart *** comments to the old man. Even after the man walked out and came back they guy turned and made more comments to the old man.
It sounds like they were jawing back and forth. Let's presume the worst, that the guy who was killed was being a complete dirtbag. Is there any context where that's a legitimate reason to shoot him?
 

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It sounds like they were jawing back and forth. Let's presume the worst, that the guy who was killed was being a complete dirtbag. Is there any context where that's a legitimate reason to shoot him?

I don't think that was his point.

Looks like murder 2 here to me.
 

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I agree. It wasn't the texting that prompted the shooting, it was the 43 year old man physically confronting the 71 year old man.

While it is both tragic and stupid, the moral of the story is "being a jerk can get you shot."
 

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It sounds like they were jawing back and forth. Let's presume the worst, that the guy who was killed was being a complete dirtbag. Is there any context where that's a legitimate reason to shoot him?

I'm not excusing the shooting just saying sounds more to it then guys sends text old man pulls guy and shoots him
 

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Not much to debate here really. Even if the guy had physically attacked this old man, self defense isn't usable since it was a gun free zone and he had a gun, which he then used.
Old man is in deep trouble, and should have known better considering his background.

It is a horrible event. I feel bad for the family of the victim. I feel bad for the family of this old man. It never should have happened, and if the older man did indeed report the disturbance of the texting, the theater staff should have asked him to leave or to move in order to diffuse any potential situations.

It is what it is. Not much more to say...
 

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Not much to debate here really. Even if the guy had physically attacked this old man, self defense isn't usable since it was a gun free zone and he had a gun, which he then used.


Not really...most of these "gun free zone" places are store policy vs "law". They don't override legitimate self-defense incidents.
 

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Not much to debate here really. Even if the guy had physically attacked this old man, self defense isn't usable since it was a gun free zone and he had a gun, which he then used.
Old man is in deep trouble, and should have known better considering his background.

It is a horrible event. I feel bad for the family of the victim. I feel bad for the family of this old man. It never should have happened, and if the older man did indeed report the disturbance of the texting, the theater staff should have asked him to leave or to move in order to diffuse any potential situations.

It is what it is. Not much more to say...
Gun free zones are not legally binding and police and retired police are exempt anyway. But I do see a big suit filed against theater if in fact it was reported to them and nothing was done.
 

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Gun free zones are not legally binding and police and retired police are exempt anyway. But I do see a big suit filed against theater if in fact it was reported to them and nothing was done.

Good to know. I disagree with gun free zones anyway, if you have a permit for concealed carry then you should be able to carry period.
Even still it seems like use of deadly force without justification at the moment, so that's besides the point.
 

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Good to know. I disagree with gun free zones anyway, if you have a permit for concealed carry then you should be able to carry period.

You can the most they can do in a gun free zone is tell you to leave. The only legal "gun free zones" are some govt buildings. But private places like the movies or chain restaurants etc can't do anything other then refuse service kinda like no shirt no shoes no service
Even still it seems like use of deadly force without justification at the moment, so that's besides the point.

Yeah as its written in the story I could see a 2nd def murder or manslaughter charge
 

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You can the most they can do in a gun free zone is tell you to leave. The only legal "gun free zones" are some govt buildings. But private places like the movies or chain restaurants etc can't do anything other then refuse service kinda like no shirt no shoes no service


Yeah as its written in the story I could see a 2nd def murder or manslaughter charge
Here all gun free zones list it as a crime to carry a weapon on the premises. But I think we have something in state law allowing such treatment. Which is weird because my state is the biggest group of pro gun people out there. I'll look into it, but seeing as I haven't applied for a license to carry yet there has been little point to me researching. But now I'm curious, so I'll have to find out.
 

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Here all gun free zones list it as a crime to carry a weapon on the premises. But I think we have something in state law allowing such treatment. Which is weird because my state is the biggest group of pro gun people out there. I'll look into it, but seeing as I haven't applied for a license to carry yet there has been little point to me researching. But now I'm curious, so I'll have to find out.

Yeah each state may be different but I don't see how Buffalo Wild Wings refusing to allow customers to posses firearms is an arrestable offense. Unless the state made some law about it. We have no laws like that here at most they call the police we tell you to leave but then again nobody carries guns here since the communist state of MD its almost impossible to get a CC permit.
 

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Yeah each state may be different but I don't see how Buffalo Wild Wings refusing to allow customers to posses firearms is an arrestable offense. Unless the state made some law about it. We have no laws like that here at most they call the police we tell you to leave but then again nobody carries guns here since the communist state of MD its almost impossible to get a CC permit.

Its not as far as I know, as its a matter of private property rights. The restaurant can ask a customer to leave, and if the customer doesn't, then the customer could be arrested for trespassing. But not for an otherwise legal carry of a firearm.

I heard Buffalo Wild Wings was strict, but the one up here permits open carry. :idunno:
 

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Its not as far as I know, as its a matter of private property rights. The restaurant can ask a customer to leave, and if the customer doesn't, then the customer could be arrested for trespassing. But not for an otherwise legal carry of a firearm.

I heard Buffalo Wild Wings was strict, but the one up here permits open carry. :idunno:
I don't know I've heard of one that refused to serve detectives who were on duty just trying to get some lunch and were armed and had badges. So I guess it depends on location
 

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So apparently in Texas, it is a crime to carry a concealed weapon on any premises that sells alcohol. And if a store owner marks a location as gun free then it is considered a gun free zone and someone who carries anyway is subject to possible charges. Apparently there are attempts to fight this, and relax the concealed carry laws a little bit... But for a state who loves their guns so much, Texas seems rather strict. On top of that, the laws are confusing and thus seem to be a case by case basis when on the topic of prosecution. Which honestly isn't a good thing :/
 
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