This is one of the most tragically needless deaths we’ve ever heard of.
A 73-year-old woman was just shot and killed by police on Tuesday night during a training exercise aimed at showing how difficult it is for cops to know when to shoot.
Apparently, Mary Knowlton was participating in a “shoot/don’t shoot” community event in Punta Gorda, Florida when she was randomly selected to pretend to be a bad guy facing off against police.
However, through some unlucky chain of events, the elderly librarian ended up getting shot multiple times with live ammo instead of the intended blank rounds.
Punta Gorda police Chief Tom Lewis issued a statement after Mary was “mistakenly struck with a live round,” asking for prayers at this difficult time, saying:
“I am devastated for everyone involved in this unimaginable event. If you pray, please pray for Mary’s family, and for the officers who were involved. Everyone involved in this accident is in a state of overwhelming shock and grief.”
Knowlton was transported to the hospital immediately, but it was too late; she died of her injuries.
The shooting is currently being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, during which time the unidentified officer is on administrative leave.
The shoot/don’t shoot exercise has been used to help train Punta Gorda police to understand when they should and shouldn’t discharge their weapons. Knowlton was just volunteering to try to make a difference in her community.
Rest in peace, Mary.
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