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Suspect in Florence Super 8 shooting was Covington teen

Several police agencies responded to the scene of the shooting (FOX19) Several police agencies responded to the scene of the shooting (FOX19)
Lt. Roger Allen provided photo. Lt. Roger Allen provided photo.
Lt. Allen leaves hospital after treatment (FOX19/Jody Barr) Lt. Allen leaves hospital after treatment (FOX19/Jody Barr)
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FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - The suspect who died in an officer-involved shooting at the Super 8 in Florence, Ky. Tuesday was a Covington teenager, police say. 

According to authorities, witnesses told police that the 16-year-old, who is not being identified at this time, shot himself in the head after fleeing from police. Tuesday, Florence Police Lt. Roger Allen, a 13-year veteran of the force, responded to a complaint of drug activity in a guest room on the second floor of the Super 8 in the 7900 block of Dream St. around 11:45 a.m. The caller told police that there were unattended children screaming and marijuana smoke was rolling out of the room.

When Allen arrived to the room he could hear children crying and smelled marijuana, according to police. The room was occupied by two 16-year-old males, and 18-year-old male and three small children ranging from five months to three years old. 

Officials say when Allen asked for identification of the older people in the room, one of the 16-year-old boys produced a gun and began firing at Lt. Allen.

Allen was able to take cover in the bathroom and close the door behind him. 

Police say the teen fired through the closed door and Allen returned fire. 

The two other males fled the room, leaving the children behind. 

“Shortly after the loud bangs I heard two or three people run by my room saying ‘we need to get out, we need to get out,'” said Jared Ely, who was staying at the hotel. 

The shooter fled the room and was seen with a bag in the first floor hallway. Witnesses say he pulled a weapon from the bag and shot himself once in the head. He was found dead in the hallway by emergency responders on the first floor. 


"This guy runs by me with a gun," Eric Ray a maintenance worker at the Super 8 said. "He pulled the gun on himself and shot himself right in front of 129.  It's got me devastated seeing someone take their own life right before your eyes."

Allen was found in the bathroom of the room on the second floor. He suffered an injury to his head, right above his right eye, according to Florence Lt. Joe Maier. He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Florence and Boone County SWAT units conducted a room-by-room search to make sure the scene was clear before guests were escorted out of the hotel to a TANK bus across the street.

An autopsy of the suspect was performed Tuesday but the details of that exam have not yet been released.

The remainder of the criminal investigation will be conducted by the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

The first and second floors of the building have been cleared and are no longer the focus of their investigation, officials say. Still, the Super 8 cannot be reopened until the blood is cleaned up and the doors that had been broken down are repaired. Those repairs are the responsibility of the owner of the hotel. Police say that could take several days. 

The roughly 28 residents that were staying at the hotel are not able to go back and stay until it is cleaned. Until then, they will be escorted by the Sheriff's department to their rooms to retrieve personal items. 

The Red Cross arranged for a TANK bus to take the residents to the hotel and back to St. Timothy Parish where they are temporarily staying. Red Cross officials say they will keep the shelter facility open as long as necessary.

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