Reeves objected to Chad texting during the movie previews and asked him to stop. Chad said he was texting his 3-year-old daughter and kept texting. Reeves left to complain to the manager and when he came back he and Chad got into an argument.
According to a witness, "somebody throws popcorn. I'm not sure who threw the popcorn. And then bang, he was shot."
Reeves told police he "was in fear of being attacked" so he pulled out his .380 semi-automatic handgun and shot Chad. Chad was shot in the chest and his wife Nicole, who had put her hand over her husband, was shot in the hand.
Chad and Nicole were taken to the hospital where Chad died of his injuries. Nicole was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Reeves was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
After Reeves retired from the police force he served as director of security at Busch Gardens theme park.
"I can't believe people would bring a pistol, a gun, to a movie," said a witness. "I can't believe they would argue and fight and shoot one another over popcorn. Over a cellphone."