A former Florida police officer who fatally shot a 73-year-old retired librarian during a demonstration for the public on August 10, 2016, will not serve jail time. Then-officer Lee Coel was performing in a “shoot/don’t shoot” exercise with the Punta Gorda Police Department when he shot Mary Knowlton, who had volunteered to participate. She was struck by the fatal bullet in front of about three dozen people, including Knowlton’s husband of 55 years, who were at the citizen police academy watching the drill about police use of firearms. The gun was loaded with bullets instead of blanks.
NBC News, Oct. 17