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TODAY   |  January 14, 2014

1 dead after movie theater shooting

A 71-year-old former police captain is in custody after allegedly shooting and killing 43-year-old Chad Oulsen and injuring his wife over a texting dispute during a movie. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>> now more on that deadly shooting inside a movie theater near tampa, florida. and get this, the argument over a cell phone that triggered all of it. the latest on the investigation now. katie, good morning to you.

>> good morning, savannah. it all started with a father texting his young daughter during the previews, ended with the 43-year-old's death and a 71-year-old former police captain in custody charged with his murder.

>> moviegoers were prepared to watch a war drama, but what unfolded in front of them was a horror.

>> i can't believe people would bring a pistol, a gun to a movie.

>> reporter: 43-year-old chad olson and his wife nicole were watching previews before a matinee screening of the mark wahlberg film.

>> the victim was sitting there texting, making noise, asked him a few times to please turn off his phone. chad decided not to.

>> according to eyewitness accounts, the initial dispute escalated after suspected shooter curtis reed , a retired tampa police officer returned from a brief trip to speak with staff members.

>> chad olson then started confronting him verbally. started saying, did you tell the staff about me?

>> the voices started going up. seemed to be a confrontation, somebody throws popcorn. not sure who threw the popcorn and, bang, he was shot.

>> olson was shot in the chest and his wife nicole was shot in the hand as she tried to protect her husband.

>> i saw the gun go off, asked if the guy was okay and he started gurgling blood and fell on my leg.

>> he has been arrested on charges of second-degree homicide.

>> to have a retired police officer , anybody, over a cell phone , over somebody texting and to take their life. it's ridiculous.

>> an off-duty police officer also in the theater detained the suspect until police arrived. and two nurses were also there. they attempted to revive olson but later pronounced dead at the hospital.

>> what a shame. katie, thank