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Henry Kiner, 27
Oakland Park, Florida
August 28, 2013

Agencies: Broward County Sheriff's Office Florida

Last updated: about 1 year ago

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Broward Sheriff Scott Israel called it an "ambush" that backfired when officers and deputies fired back toward the hotel, killing Kiner just outside Room 212 of the Days Inn in Oakland Park early Wednesday.

When it was over, Kiner's body was belly down in the hotel's hallway — a shotgun by his side along with the glass from shattered windows. A hotel guest who had been sleeping in a room nearby suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. And a deputy hurt his shoulder when he dived for cover, officials said.

The shootout, which started shortly after midnight and ended in an instant, left other hotel guests shaken.

"It was a terrifying experience," said Eric Cooper, 39, a Bahamian tourist who warned his family to get down in their room when the gunfire outside woke them up.

Another guest, Renee Jenkins, took refuge in a bathtub. "If I had been standing on that second floor, I'd probably been dead," she said.

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June 2015 Officers cleared