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Autopsy released in movie theater shooting case

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The victim in last month's deadly movie theater shooting might have had his arm out in front of him at the moment he was shot by Curtis Reeves, according to the autopsy report obtained by FOX 13 on Thursday.

The report reveals Chad Oulson, 43, had a gunshot wound on his right wrist, which would indicate the bullet grazed his arm before entering his heart.

"The paths of the two gunshot wounds correspond when the right hand/wrist is held in front of the thorax and likely represent the path of a single bullet," the autopsy report reads.

Defense attorneys for Reeves have not directly commented on the report. They have, however, argued in court that Oulson had just grabbed Reeves' popcorn and thrown it back at him before the shot was fired, while pointing to surveillance video from Cobb Theater in Wesley Chapel to support that claim.

The release of the report coincides with the one-month anniversary of the shooting. Investigators have said Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting several times while the previews were playing. After Reeves returned from telling a manager, the argument escalated.

Surveillance video shown in court and additional video released by the State Attorney's Office shows those exact events play out.

It then appears that Reeves is hit by something, which his attorneys have said is Oulson's cell phone, before Oulson grabs Reeves popcorn and throws it at him. That's when Reeves leans forward and fires his gun.

According to the autopsy report, a bullet jacket and fragment were found in Oulson's heart and lung, respectively.

Reeves is being held in jail without bond while waiting for his pretrial hearing, which scheduled for March 12.

Also read: New video shows different angle of theater shooting

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