Off-duty Collier sheriff sergeant credited with stopping gunman after deadly shooting

Sgt. Kristin Shiner

Sgt. Kristin Shiner

Kenneth Roop

Kenneth Roop

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Kristen Shiner arrived on the shooting scene Wednesday afternoon to find a door-to-door salesman face down on a driveway.

Thinking the suspect had retreated into his Cape Coral home, Shiner, an off-duty Collier County sheriff's sergeant, tried treating the dying victim.

Then she heard a gun reloading.

Shiner's attention immediately turned to Kenneth Roop, standing in his garage, a gun still in his hand. Drawing her own service weapon, Shiner began shouting orders.

"He just kind of stood there for a few minutes," Shiner said Thursday, recounting the previous afternoon. "On the third time I ordered him to drop his gun, he finally complied. I had him come out to the driveway, maybe about three feet out of the driveway, and I had him get on his knees and lay on the ground."

Shiner, a nine-year Sheriff's Office veteran, is being heralded for jumping into action at the sound of gunshots, helping detain Roop and stopping any further violence. Within a couple of minutes, Cape Coral police arrived on the scene and arrested Roop, who now faces a murder charge in the shooting death of Nicholas Rainey, 30, of Fort Myers. A Lee County judge denied bond Thursday for the 52-year-old.

Back on the job Thursday morning, Shiner said she's received kudos from co-workers, including her captain and command staff.

"It's been a whirlwind of a night," she said.

Cape Coral police said a confrontation preceded the shooting. According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by WINK News, Roop told police he shot Rainey twice after the salesman, who works for Fort Myers-based Blue Ribbon Steak and Seafood, approached his home. Police didn't say Wednesday night whether a "stand your ground" argument might apply.

"It's much too early for that, number one," Cape Coral police Lt. Tony Sizemore said. "And number two, that's a question for the defendant and his defense attorney."

Shiner said she didn't see the shooting and couldn't detail what Roop said before his arrest, citing the ongoing investigation. She tended to Rainey for less than a minute behind a car parked in the driveway before turning her attention to Roop.

"He was very angry," Shiner said. "I guess he was shouting things. All I can say is I didn't hear him shout things right at that moment. I just started (identifying) myself and giving orders. … I don't think he heard or realized who I really was because I was not in uniform. I don't know if he was out of it."

Shiner, who said she lives in the vicinity, had never seen Roop before.

As a supervisor of admissions and releases at the Naples Jail Center, Shiner said she's never drawn a weapon while on duty. Yet when Shiner, who's dual-certified in law enforcement and corrections, heard Roop's gun reloading, her education kicked in.

"There's definitely adrenaline running," Shiner said. "It's just training so that I can get this guy out more clearly."

After the shooting — and a solid six-and-a-half hours of sleep — Shiner arrived at work Thursday morning rested, ready for an overtime shift.

"I'm glad it at least ended well with no more shots fired," Shiner said. "I'm very sorry for (Rainey's) family and their loss."

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