The accidental shooting death of Mary Knowlton, which led ultimately to the arrests of Officer Lee Coel and Police Chief Tom Lewis, prompted a full investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
On August 9, the Punta Gorda Police Department hosted one of many Citizen’s Academies; this particular academy was held for members of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.
The premise behind the Citizen’s Academy events was to demonstrate police operations, exhibit equipment, tour the facility and to provide a better understanding of law enforcement interaction with the community.
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