Punta Gorda Cop, Chief Charged For Negligent Discharge Death of Retiree
By Bob Owens
The grossly incompetent Florida police officer who killed a retired librarian last year because he wasn’t bright enough to tell the difference between real bullets and Simunitions, discern that the sound and recoil from a live weapon is vastly different than a Sims shot, and who doesn’t have the common sense to aim away from a civilian during a demo is now facing charges, along with his chief.
The State Attorney office announced Wednesday that Officer Lee Coel is being charged with a 1st degree felony manslaughter with a firearm in the shooting and killing of Mary Knowlton. He has turned himself in at the county jail and has been arrested and processed.
Chief Tom Lewis is being charged with 2nd degree misdemeanor culpable negligence.
On August 9th, 2016, 73-year-old Mary Knowlton was shot and killed during a “shoot/don’t shoot” drill conducted as part of a Citizen Police Academy attended by 35 civilians.
Police Chief Tom Lewis called the incident a horrible accident. “I am devastated for everyone involved in this unimaginable event…Everyone involved in this accident is in a state of overwhelming shock and grief.”
It was later determined that Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel accidentally shot Mary Knowlton with live rounds, …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms