Did you know that movie theaters sometimes contract out to local police departments for added security? Jonathan Belvin Taylor, 24, apparently didn't. He does now. Or he would if he weren't dead.
Mr. Taylor was out at the Pacific Theater in El Segundo last Friday night with some friends to see Street Kings, a cop drama with Keanu Reeves and written by James Ellroy. That's a tragedy in and of itself. Ellroy linked to Keanu Reeves. Jesus.
So, anyway, maybe he didn't like Keanu, or maybe he didn't like Ellroy. Whatever it was, he demanded a refund. Only he didn't have his ticket stub on him, so they wouldn't give it to him. Mr. Taylor became distraught, noisy. So, the aforementioned police presence, Detective Scott O'Connor and Lt. Raymond Garcia, decided to check him out.
And that's when Mr. Taylor, a parolee with multiple weapons related convictions, opened fire, striking both officers - one in the jaw and the other in the chest. They're pretty fucked up, particularly Lt.Garcia, who was struck in the jaw, but should survive.
Their return shots, fired as Belvin was running out the door, killed him.
And to think, if Street Kings had been a better movie, all this might not have happened.