Officer Kristin Shiner had barely unpacked from her recent move to Cape Coral when a chilling “welcome” to the neighborhood caused her to draw her weapon for the first time in her career.
And it happened on her day off.
On July 25, gunshots cut through the still of what had been a calm afternoon for Shiner of the Collier County Sheriff’s office, who had settled in the area about three weeks prior. She sprang up from her comfortable spot in the living room and outside saw a man, who was clearly distraught, approaching fast from not far down the residential street.
“He was yelling for someone to call 911,” Shiner, 44, told PoliceOne. “Someone had shot his friend.”
Shiner grabbed her duty weapon and badge and headed outside to find the victim lying on his stomach in a nearby driveway. She recognized him as a door-to-door salesman who rang her bell earlier that day, and she could see blood pouring from his right shoulder.
“I touched his face and he was barely breathing,” Shiner said. “I knew he needed medical treatment.”
As she kneeled down to render aid, her attention was turned to the residence’s open garage, where she heard a gun reloading. Suddenly, the shooting victim’s life wasn’t the only one at stake as the suspect, Kenneth Roop, loomed from the shadow of a pickup truck and pointed a gun at her.
“He looked ready to fire,” Shiner said.
Training Kicks In
According to a later account from a neighbor, Roop was yelling threats that Shiner was only vaguely aware of as she concentrated on the situation at hand. Witnesses say he was threatening to shoot anyone on his property.
“I didn’t really hear his shouting,” Shiner said. “I just identified myself and started giving orders.”
Shiner steadied her gun and demanded Roop drop his weapon. The threat was likely great enough to justify a shooting, but she continued to use only her verbal commands.
“I will shoot,” Shiner told him firmly.
A dual certified corrections officer and law enforcement officer, Shiner is well-versed in utilizing her strong command presence since — as the officers who work alongside her in the Naples Jail Center can grudgingly attest — the only available force options are a TASER or OC spray.
Roop wasn’t moving, but unwaveringly, she repeated her command. By the third time, he gave in.
“I know you will,” he told her, and set the gun down.
Once Roop was disarmed, Shiner ordered him to a prone position on the driveway and held him there until Cape Coral police arrived to make the arrest.
"If not for her quick response and actions, I may not be here," neighbor Gene Snyder said in a letter that recommended Shiner for a medal of valor.
Easily convinced, Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk gave Shiner the medal during an August ceremony attended by friends, colleagues and family, including Shiner’s oldest daughter. Devin Cox, 20, said her mother’s heroic deed has inspired her to pursue a career in law enforcement.
“At the time your training is just taking over,” Shiner said. “I can’t say how I felt because there’s no emotion to it, it's just go.”
The medal and a plaque from the police department now sit near an American flag that belonged to Shiner’s late father, reminding her of the day’s adrenaline rush and resulting flurry of attention.
Roop, 52, was later charged with second-degree murder in the death of Nick Rainey, 30, a salesman for Blue Ribbon Steak and Seafood. He is being held without bond at the Lee County Jail.
According to an article in New Press, he sought to protect his property against one perceived threat after another — from petty thieves and bike-riding tots to meter readers and a massive housing development seeking to swallow his land.