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Homicide Investigation

LAKELAND, FL (May 22, 2018) - On Monday, May 21, 2018, at approximately 10:35 p.m., Lakeland Police officers responded to a reported shooting at The Park At Cortona Apartments, 5233 North U.S. Highway 98 North, Apt. 88. Once on scene, officers made contact with resident Henry Schreiner, age 55, who advised he had shot his brother inside of the apartment. Upon a search of the apartment, Robert Schreiner, age 52, was found inside the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. After being transported to Lakeland Regional Health, medical professionals declared Robert Schreiner deceased a short time later. 

Henry Schreiner told officers that he had picked up his brother from his home in Polk City and brought him back to his apartment. The two brothers began drinking tequila and playing cards. At some point during the evening, Schreiner said his brother became agitated and irate over family issues and the two began to argue. During the argument, Schreiner said his brother pulled out a pocket knife, brandishing it as a weapon, and threatened to cut his throat. His brother then told him to go to his room and go to sleep. Schreiner said once inside the bedroom, his brother followed him in and continued the argument. Schreiner then grabbed his firearm, which he kept under his pillow, and told his brother to go back to the living room. His brother then moved to the foot of the bed with the knife in hand and Schreiner, who indicated he was in fear for his life, shot him. 

After seeing his brother fall to the ground, Schreiner realized he had, in fact, shot his brother and placed the firearm to the side of his head and pulled the trigger in an attempt to take his own life. After the unsuccessful attempt, Schreiner then called Lakeland Police, advising that he shot his brother. Henry Schreiner was transported to Lakeland Regional Health, where he remains, with non-life-threatening injuries to his face and eye. 

The investigation is ongoing at this time. 

Robert Schreiner
Date of Birth: 12/24/1965
Polk City, Florida

Henry Schreiner
Date of Birth: 11/05/1962
The Park at Cortona Apartments
5233 Highway 98 North, Apartment #88