Suspect fatally wounded in deputy-involved shooting at Days Inn
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- A murder suspect has been killed and a Broward Sheriff's deputy and a motel guest were injured during a shootout at a South Florida motel early Wednesday morning.
The shooting happened just after midnight at the Days Inn at 1595 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Investigators said police arrived at the motel to apprehend the suspect, when shots were fired. "The suspect came out and started firing shots at law enforcement officers," said Broward Sheriff's Office spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright.
The suspect identified as 27-year-old Henry Kiner was taken down while firing at police from a second story balcony at the motel. "The suspect was pronounced dead here on scene," said Coleman-Wright. "There was also a guest here staying at the Days Inn and we believe that he was struck by gunfire, possibly struck in his arm."
Kiner's mother told police her son told her that he was not going back to prison and he would do anything to avoid jailtime.
Kiner had been wanted for the Fort Lauderdale murder of 26-year-old Corey Pratter, that occurred in early August. "He was a convicted armed robber and we were led to believe that he was a dangerous subject and was a danger to the community," said Chief Frank Adderley of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshals, Fort Lauderdale Police Department and BSO responded to the shooting. "He discharged at least two rounds from his shotgun at law enforcement personnel," said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
"They weren't shooting towards the hotel and they weren't shooting towards a room," Israel said. "They were shooting to an armed felon, with a shotgun, who was shooting at them. As they could have missed, and I'm not saying they did, certainly this man firing a shotgun could have missed and hit anybody driving up and down Oakland Park Boulevard. We could not control the fact that an ambush occurred and the lives of these deputies and police officers from Fort Lauderdale and the Marshals, they were in grave danger."
Eric Cooper is from the Bahamas and said he and his family were staying at the Days Inn when the shots rang out. "We heard law enforcement officers telling him what I assumed to be the suspect to get down," he said. "Initially, when we heard gun shots being fired, or what I assumed to be gunshots being fired, that is when I told my family to get down on the ground."
A BSO deputy was also injured but not shot during the overnight shooting. Rescue crews transported him to Broward Health Medical Center. "One deputy was transported to an area hospital, he actually hurt his arm during the incident but he was not shot."
Renee Jenkins heard the incident as it unfolded. "Like a canon, 'Boom,'" Jenkins said. "And they wouldn't stop. Going bam, bam, bam. I was like 'Oh my god! What is this?' Look out the window, peeping out the window, there it is, police everywhere."
West Oakland Park Boulevard was shut down in both directions between Interstate 95 and Northwest 31st Avenue for several hours. It has since been reopened.
Junior Fletcher, a friend of Kiner, was also arrested on possession of marijuana.
The scene has left hotel guests checking out as soon as possible. "We're trying to get out and nobody's helping, thank you," said Eric Cooper.
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