|Published:||Jul 26, 2012 3:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 26, 2012 4:23 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Police have released new information in the case against Kenneth Roop, the suspect accused of shooting and killing a door-to-door salesman in Cape Coral on Wednesday.
The victim, Nicholas Rainey, was employed by Blue Ribbon Steak & Seafood and was delivering food to Roop's home at the time of the incident.
According to the probably cause affidavit for Roop's arrest, the suspect himself admitted to shooting Rainey.
Roop told Cape Coral Police that upon arriving to his home on SW 30th Terrace, he saw the victim and yelled from the car window, "What are you doing in my yard?" To which he claims Rainey responded, "I'm here with meat," as he came at the suspect.
Roop told officers that Rainey's tone of voice, attitude and demeanor made him "more than a little nervous." He could see that the victim had a cell phone in one hand and something else in the other. It was than that Roop retrieved his gun, aimed at Rainey and fired. He told police he shot the victim a second time, in the head, "for affect."
Roop said he continued to find Rainey "antagonistic" even as he screamed, "You shot me," and lay bleeding on the driveway, prompting him to fire again.
When Cape police asked why Roop did not warn Rainey, the suspect said, "I'm not going to give him the chance to do something to me; I was in fear."
The suspect said the three "no trespassing" signs on his property should have been warning enough.
Roop volunteered that this is not the first weapons-related police incident that he has been involved with. The suspect said he has a concealed weapons permit, a federal weapon possession license and currently owns 14 firearms.
Also according to the affidavit, two of Rainey's co-workers witnessed the entire event.
They told police they saw Rainey leaving Roop's residence, after there was no response at the door. Roop then drove into the driveway, and witnesses could hear Rainey explaining what he had been doing on Roop's property. It was then that witnesses say Roop pointed a black handgun at Rainey and shot him. Rainey screamed and dropped face-down onto the ground. Roop reportedly then shot Rainey a second time, in the back of the head, from his driver-side window. The witnesses then called 911 and yelled for help.
Neither witness heard any yelling in the exchange between Roop and Rainey. Both witnesses said Rainey had a company brochure in his hand, not a weapon.
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