In a bizarre and extremely tragic shooting officer Lee Coel of the Punta Gorda Police Department shot and killed a local woman named Mary Knowlton. Knowlton a 73-year-old retired librarian was participating in a police training exercise. She was playing the victim in a shoot / don’t shoot scenario while a small crowd watched. Now the officer and the police chief both face criminal charges for the extreme negligence that led to her death.
During the training exercise Officer Coel somehow ended up shooting at Knowlton with real bullets instead blanks. Hitting her in the shoulder and chest. Her husband watched the whole thing in terrifying astonishment. Then post shooting the police refused to let him in the ambulance with his wife, they actually ended up sending him to the wrong hospital entirely.
Mary Knowlton ended up dying in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
The video for the shooting has finally been released. You can see that and a news story about the tragic shooting below.