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Florida Highway Patrol Trooper cleared in shooting cemetery owner Clifford Work

3:28 PM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
Florida Highway Trooper Daniel Cole
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Pinellas Park, Florida -- The trooper who shot a Pinellas Park cemetery owner last September has been cleared in that case.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Cole shot 48-year-old Clifford Work in the early morning hours of Sept. 10 at the Royal Palm North Cemetery after he claimed he feared for his life. 

Cole is the same trooper involved in a tazing incident that made national headlines. He was also cleared in that case.

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FHP says Trooper Cole had tracked a LoJack signal for a stolen motorcycle near a garage at the cemetery.

According to the FDLE report, Cole heard music coming from a shed and banged on the door. Work told police he had worked late and must have fallen asleep in the shed. 

The report says Work woke up and grabbed his gun thinking someone was breaking in. It goes on to say Trooper Cole feared for his life when Work answered the door with a gun pointed at him.

Cole shot Work who was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.

The stolen motorcycle was located in woods behind the shed and the investigation revealed that Work had nothing to do with it.

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