Those who worked side by side with Curtis Reeves paint a wide-ranging picture of him.
Some say he was a calm leader; others say he was a hot-head.
His personnel records show he was with the Tampa Police Department for 27 years, some of it as a homicide detective.
He helped create the agency's first tactical response team and soon became captain in charge of the squad.
Records show his performance reviews were average to above-average throughout his career.
There was one blemish: early in his career, he was reprimanded for his careless handling of a city weapon.
Following his retirement in 1993, he worked for Busch Gardens as the Director of Security until 2005.
Sources there say he was tough and demanding, and "you never wanted to cross him."
Reeves is also a board member of the county's Crime Stoppers Organization.
FOX 13 spoke to retired Tampa Police Chief Bennie Holder. He said Reeves, who they called "CJ," got along with everyone.
In fact, Reeves was Holder's supervisor for some time and Holder says he never saw him lose his cool.
"You wonder what kind of day was he having that would make him react that way," Holder said.
Chief Holder said "CJ" was a cops' cop who was well-respected.
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