Thursday, July 26, 2012

Off-Duty Collier Deputy Nabs Murder Suspect In Cape Coral

CCSO Sgt. Kristin Shiner
A man charged with shooting and killing another man in his driveway in Cape Coral on Wednesday is in police custody thanks to a quick-thinking off-duty Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy who helped collar the suspect minutes after the shooting.

Kenneth Bailey Roop, 52 of 1815 SW 30th Terrace Cape Coral, was arrested by Cape Coral Police Detectives and charged with 2nd Degree Homicide in the shooting death of Nicholas Rainey, 30 of 4541 Palm Beach Blvd Fort Myers, according to a news release published on the Cape Coral Police website.

CCSO Sgt. Kristin Shiner said she was in the area of the Southwest 30th Terrace when she heard gunshots. A man ran past her and asked her to call 911 because his friend had just been shot.

Sgt. Shiner immediately retrieved her gun and badge and raced toward the direction of the gunshots. She saw a man facedown and bleeding in the driveway of 1815 SW 30th Terrace. While she was checking the man for a response she heard the slide of a gun reloading in the garage.

She saw a man, later identified by police as Roop, standing next to the passenger side of a pickup truck. He was holding a gun.

Sgt. Shiner drew her gun and identified herself as a law enforcement officer.

“I told him to drop the weapon three times,” she recalled.

Roop set down the weapon down and came out of the garage with his hands in the air. Sgt. Shiner said she then ordered him to drop to the ground, where she held him at gunpoint until police arrived and placed him in handcuffs.

Gene Snyder told NBC-2 that he went to help after hearing gunshots. He arrived about the same time as Sgt. Shiner and saw his neighbor Roop in the garage with a gun. He said Sgt. Shiner probably saved his life.

"Out of the garage I heard something, ‘I will kill everyone' or 'shoot everyone' and he cocked his gun. Thank God for the Collier County sheriff's [deputy]. She probably saved my life and everyone else who was in the area," Snyder told NBC-2.

Sgt. Shiner was back to work Thursday morning, where she was greeted with kudos from co-workers, including her captain and command staff.

The nine-year CCSO veteran brushed off the praise, saying she just reacted to the situation based on her training and experience. Sgt. Shiner, who supervises admissions and releases at the Collier County jail, is certified as both a Corrections deputy and a law enforcement officer.

“It’s been a whirlwind of a night,” she said. “I’m just glad it ended without any more shots fired or anyone else injured.”