Deputies: 14-year-old accidentally shot, killed at Polk motel

WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) —  Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating what appears to be the accidental shooting death of a 14-year-old boy in Winter Haven.

Deputies say the shooting happened around 4 p.m. on Monday at the LakMar Resort Motel, located at 2520 US Hwy 92 West. Deputies say that is where they found 14-year-old Kyler Daughtry, who lives in room number 8, deceased from a single gunshot wound.

Investigators say Kyler and two other teens, 19-year-old Donovan Hoover, who lives in room number 9, and 16-year-old Dylan Prosser, who lives in room number 7, went into a bedroom where Donovan showed a 12-gauge shotgun to them and then left the room.

A short time later, deputies say Donovan heard Dylan say, “This is how you load a shotgun,” and then heard a gunshot. He ran back into the room to find Kyler had been shot. Nobody else was home at the time.

Kyler lived at the motel with his mother, and attended Lake Alfred-Addair Middle School.

The investigation is ongoing, however it does not appear to be an intentional shooting at this time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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