A woman was killed by police during a demonstration of weapons in front of a crowd of more than 30 people,
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Mary Knolton was one of two students of the police Academy, were selected to participate in a role-playing situation, "shoot / don't shoot," reports CBS Fort Myers, FL branch of WINK-TV, citing police Punta Gorda. The demonstration was intended to instruct the group on decision-making " using simulated lethal force," according to chief Thomas Lewis.
Lewis, who was named permanent chief in March after acting as interim, called the incident "a terrible tragedy." "Our entire police Department and all our city leaders are absolutely devastated by this unimaginable event," he said at a press conference on Tuesday evening.
"I ask you to pray for her husband and family of Mary and of all officers and witnesses involved in the incident. Each participant in an overwhelming state of shock and grief." Knolton was a member of the Board of library Punta, according to the web page of the organization. She was a native of Minnesota, according to his Facebook page.
The Florida Department of law enforcement was asked to investigate the incident. A group of 35 people that is interested in the study of civics meets every two weeks on Tuesdays at various government buildings from January to may. The group, which included Knolton was found in the office at 5:30 local time, according to Lieutenant Kati heck.
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