Florida Cop Accidentally Shoots and Kills 73 Year Old Librarian

A 73-year-old librarian became the latest victim of police in Punta Gorda, Florida. However, her tragic death — in front of 34 people, during an officer’s demonstration about police use of deadly force — is far from the, unfortunately common, tales of violence by law enforcement.

Mary Knowlton signed up to be a student in the citizen police academy hosted by the Punta Gorda Police Department, intended to show residents of the small town why and how officers do what they do.

After the group of 35 participants toured the police station and spoke with officers — a popular public relations tactic used by departments across the country amid the epidemic of police violence — Knowlton and another person decided to volunteer for a demonstration.

To illustrate how and when officers decide to use lethal force, the officer had the two students role-play a scenario putting citizens in cops’ shoes.

According to Charlotte Sun photographer, Sue Paquin, who was there to cover the event, Knowlton played the role of a victim, while the officer played “bad guy.”

Such a simulation would ordinarily not pose any danger to participants, as weapons would either be fake or empty.

Not this time.

When the officer fired, live ammunition hit Knowlton — several times.

The elderly wife and mother was promptly rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead.

“Our entire police department and all of our city leaders are absolutely devastated for everyone involved in this unimaginable event,” said Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis in a press conference Tuesday night. “I am asking that if you pray, you pray for Mary’s husband and family and for all of the officers and witnesses involved in this incident.”

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