Did I say stakes? I meant to say steaks.
Florida man kills door-to-door salesman: I’ll kill anybody that steps on my property
A man in Cape Coral, Florida on Wednesday was arrested for shooting and killing an unarmed door-to-door salesman on his property.
Kenneth Bailey Roop, 52, has been charged with second-degree murder for killing 30-year-old Nicholas Rainey.
A co-worker who witnessed the shooting said
Rainey had knocked on Roop’s door, but received no answer. While Rainey
was walking down the drive-way, Roop pulled up in his pickup truck and
asked why Rainey was at his house. Rainey explained that he was selling
steak and seafood. The witness said Roop then pulled out a black handgun
and shot Rainey. As Rainey lay on the ground, Roop fired another bullet
into the back of his head.
Roop later told police that he shot Rainey in the head “for
effect” and that he had three no trespassing signs on his property. Roop
said he feared for his life.
“I’m not going to give him the chance to do something to me,” he told police. “I was in fear.”
An off-duty Collier County sheriff’s deputy was nearby and heard the
gunshots. When she arrived at Roop’s property, she found Rainey dying on
the ground while Roop was in his garage reloading his handgun.
“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,” one witness told the The
News-Press. “She never flinched. She deserves a medal. I don’t think he
was done [shooting].”
The deputy ordered Roop to drop his weapon and held him at gunpoint until police officers arrived.
Roop’s neighbors described him as “the neighborhood crazy.” Roop has a concealed weapons permit and approximately 14 firearms.
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