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Coroner identifies 16-year-old who shot at police at Florence Super 8

The coroner identified the teen as Richard Lee Patton Jr., of Covington. (PHOTO: Facebook) The coroner identified the teen as Richard Lee Patton Jr., of Covington. (PHOTO: Facebook)
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FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - The Boone County Coroner has identified the 16-year-old who shot at a police officer at the Florence Super 8 Tuesday.

The coroner identified the teen as Richard Lee Patton Jr., of Covington. Patton attended Holmes High School in Covington, but withdrew in September of this year. 

Police say Patton fired at Florence Police Lt. Roger Allen as he was investigating a guest room at the Super 8. Witnesses told police he shot himself in the head after gunfire erupted at the hotel. 

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Lt. Allen responded to the Super 8 on Dream Street after the front desk called police saying that there were unattended children in the room and marijuana smoke was pouring out of it. 

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, an 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, Patton took out a gun and started firing. 

Allen was able to take cover in the bathroom and only suffered minor injuries. 

Shortly after, Patton ran out of the room. Witnesses told police he took a gun out of his bag and shot himself in the head on the first floor. 

He was found dead in the hallway by emergency responders.

In a 911 call obtained by FOX19 NOW, a woman told dispatchers that her baby narrowly missed Patton's bullet. 

"I walked outside because I heard someone say 911 and the maintenance guy pushed me in my room like 'get in your room there's someone with a gun,'" she told the dispatcher. "As soon as I walked in here I looked down the hallway and I saw somebody coming down the hallway and then I ran in my room and shut the door. The baby was right in the swing in the front of the door, I grabbed the baby up out of the swing and then he fell in front of my door and the gun went off. Shot through the door and everything" she said.

LISTEN TO THE 911 CALL HERE

"Who's gun went off?" the dispatcher asked.

"The guy outside my door," the caller said. "He had a big a** AK47...I just picked the baby up or it would have hit her."

The Super 8 general manager, Mahesh Nichani, says Patton was not a registered guest at the hotel.

"We check people in, we check their IDs and this crime was committed by a 16-year-old who was not even registered to their room," Nichani said.

Nichani says it was actually Patton's mother who was registered. 

A resident at the Super 8, who does not want to be identified, says he has some questions that only Patton's mother can answer: "Why does a 16-year-old have access to multiple automatic weapons, why does a 16-year-old have access to drugs? Why are you as a parent do you have three infant children left in a room with teenagers and all this stuff going on?"

An autopsy was performed on Patton Wednesday but officials have not yet released the results of that exam.

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