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Door-to-door salesman Nicholas Rainey (30) was shot by a homeowner who accused him of trespassing
Published: Aug 04, 2012 @ 9:42 PM
Nicholas Rainey (30)
Jul 25, 2012
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Cape Coral, FL
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A man selling frozen lobster tails and steaks door to door Wednesday afternoon in Cape Coral was fatally shot by a homeowner before the gunman was ordered to the ground by an off-duty Collier County corrections deputy, according to Cape police and witnesses.
Officers arrested Kenneth Bailey Roop, 52, and charged him with second-degree murder in the death of Nicholas Rainey, 30, a meat salesman for Blue Ribbon Steak and Seafood. Cape police said the shooting occurred in front of Roop's home at 1815 SW 30th Terrace.
Gene Snyder, a former volunteer firefighter who lives across a canal from the shooting scene, said he witnessed part of the incident. He said his wife heard two gunshots, so he rushed to the house to help.
What happened next, he said, was horrifying.
"I went to bend over to help the guy on the ground, the victim, and out of the garage I heard something: 'I'll kill everybody or shoot everybody,' Snyder said. "And he cocked his gun and thank God for the Collier County sheriff's (deputy), she probably saved my life and everybody else's life that was in the area," Snyder said.
He said the deputy pulled her service weapon on Roop and ordered him twice to place his gun on the ground before he complied.
Snyder said Roop appeared dirty and disheveled.
"When he came out of the garage, he looked totally deranged to me," he said. "He looked like he was off the deep end."
He said Roop told the off-duty deputy, as well as the Cape officer who arrested him, the shooting was justified.
"He was telling the officer, 'he stepped on my property, he trespassed, I'll kill anybody that steps on my property,' somewhere along them lines. It was just unbelievable," Snyder said.
Cape Police Chief Jay Murphy said it's too early to say whether Roop was defending himself under the parameters of Florida's justifiable use of force statute.
"Until all the facts are known, it would be premature to discuss how stand your ground law applies to this particular incident," Murphy said in an emailed statement.
Snyder said the victim had been driving door to door through the neighborhood in a pickup truck with two other men selling the frozen lobster tails and steaks.
He said the victim suffered gunshot wounds to the back of his head and shoulder and still had a cigarette butt held to his mouth when he hit the ground on the edge of the Roop's driveway.
He said he did what he could for the victim, performing CPR and trying to stop the bleeding, but the injuries were too severe.
"It was just a terrible tragedy," he said, noting the situation likely would have been much worse if not for the off-duty deputy.
"She never flinched," he said. "She deserves a medal. I don't think he was done (shooting)."
The deputy declined comment, or to give her name, explaining she had not been granted permission yet by her superiors.
Neighbor Kevin Miller said Roop, who he called a "recluse," had caused other problems with neighbors recently. Roop didn't care for one neighbor's dog and continued harassing the animal and its owner for months, he said.
"He was filming the dog in the backyard barking and he would throw things over the fence to agitate the dog and took her to court and would call animal control about it," he said.
He said Roop even began following the woman while she walked her dog. As a result, another neighbor began walking with the woman to protect her from Roop, he said.
Alex Pevida, who lives on the street behind Roop's home, said he was approached by one of the men selling food shortly before the shooting.
"He was a young guy, really nice. He was polite to me and everything," he said. "He didn't even try to push (a sale) or anything."
The home where the shooting took place is owned by Wanda and Kenneth Roop, according to county property records.
Wanda Roop is a procurement manager for the city of Cape Coral. The pair also have a business in Cape Coral called Ancient Island Educational Media Inc., according to records. Kenneth is listed as the president and Wanda as the vice president.
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