Punta Gorda chief acquitted in fatal shooting of citizen

Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis was acquitted of negligence in last year's fatal shooting of a woman during a citizen's academy class.

WINK-TV reports the jury issued its verdict Thursday.

Former officer Lee Coel shot and killed retired librarian Mary Knowlton, 73, during a "shoot, don't shoot" training exercise. Coel will be tried on a manslaughter charge next year.

Lewis was placed on administrative leave after the shooting and will remain so until the internal investigation is complete.

For more, read WINK's report.

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