FLORIDA (NBC News) — A former Punta Gorda, Florida police officer who killed a woman during a shooting demonstration in 2016 will not go to jail.
Lee Coel accepted a plea deal with a sentence of ten years probation.
Mary Knowlton, a 73-year-old Charlotte County retired librarian, attended the demonstration at the Punta Gorda Police Department and volunteered to play a role in a “shoot-don’t-shoot scenario.”
During the demonstration, Coel shot Knowlton several times.
Investigators said his gun was loaded with bullets instead of blanks.
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