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.