73-year-old Retired Librarian Fatally Shot During Citizen Police Academy Event
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[73-year-old Retired Librarian Fatally Shot During Citizen Police Academy Event]
[Reporter:] Source: LYBIO.net
[Katie Heck (Lieutenant):]
[Chief Lewis] He’s still going to follow me, just so you are aware.
Right after you?
[Katie Heck (Lieutenant):]
Yes. Ok, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Lieutenant Katie Heck from the Punta Gorda Police Department, in reference to an incident that we experienced here at the Police Department, the Chief is willing to come out and give you a brief statement. He will not be taking any questions at this time as we are involved in an investigation and the Chief wants to get back inside to assist with the investigation and also be here to support his people and the community, so the Chief will step out at this time. Thank you.
[Thomas Lewis (The Punta Gorda Police Department Chief):] Source: LYBIO.net
Tonight the Punta Gorda Police Department hosted approximately 35 citizens from our community, in a two-hour Citizen-Police Academy. During which time, two participants were randomly selected to be put through a shoot/don’t shoot scenario. They would make decisions on using ‘simulated lethal force’ and a lot of ‘role-playing’
During the first scenario in a horrible accident, participant Mary Knowlton was mistakenly struck with a live round. She was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
Are entire police department and all of our city leaders are absolutely devastated for everyone involved in this unimaginable event.
I am asking that if you pray, you pray for Mary’s husband and family and for all the officers and witnesses, that were involved in this incident.
Everyone involved is in a state of overwhelming shock and grief.
I have requested a Florida Department of Law Enforcement conduct an independent investigation into the events surrounding this incident – they are currently on scene here.
The involved officer has been placed on Administrative Leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. The Punta Police Department realizes that our community will have many questions about this incident, however, we are taking great care not to jeopardize the investigation.
As the investigation continues and more information is available we’ll be as transparent as possible and release that information. Thank you.
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