Off-duty Sumter deputy hailed as hero after subduing gunman

Off-duty Sumter deputy hailed as hero after subduing theater gunman

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Sumter County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Alan Hamilton Sumter County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Alan Hamilton
SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

An off-duty Sumter County deputy is being hailed a hero. This after investigators say he helped subdue a gunman and took his weapon following a Pasco County movie theater shooting on Monday.

Sumter County Deputy Alan Hamilton was at the right place at the right time according to investigators.

Hamilton is a corporal with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. He's been employed with the Sheriff's office since 2002. He has 19 years law enforcement experience.

Pasco County investigators say an argument between a retired police captain and a couple who was texting inside of a Florida movie theater erupted into gunfire today that left one man dead and a woman wounded.

Police said that two couples began arguing before a showing of "Lone Survivor" over one couple's text messaging.

The shooting suspect, identified as retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, 71, became annoyed when a couple sitting in front of him were texting during the movie's previews, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's office.

Police said that Reeves asked Chad and Nichole Oulson several times to stop, and then Reeves left the theater. When Reeves returned, Chad Oulson asked Reeves if he reported his phone use to the theater managers, police said.

That prompted an argument which ended when Reeves pulled out a gun and shot Oulson in the chest, police said.

Chad Oulson died of his wound and his wife was wounded.

Hamilton held Reeves until arresting officers arrived.

Tampa police identified Reeves as a former captain who retired 20 years ago after helping create the department's Tactical Response Team.

"There were a lot of heroes in that movie theater today," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

A pair of nurses also were in the crowd and helped perform CPR on Oulson.

The Oulsons were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where Chad Oulson was pronounced dead. His wife had put her hand in front of her husband in an attempt to block the bullet. She's now being treated at the hospital.

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