“I was maybe 10 feet away from her and watched this patrolman who was the ‘bad guy,’ aimed right at her and shoot,” said Knowlton’s husband Gary during a CNN interview. “He turned her over and she looked horrible. Blood all over the place, and I thought, ‘Oh, my God.’”
Gary Knowlton said after the shooting police would not allow him to travel with Mary in the ambulance, sent him to the wrong hospital and no one would immediately tell him her condition. He found out later that his wife died in the ambulance.
The FDLE investigation found no evidence Coel intended to shoot Knowlton. He was terminated from the police department, and will appeal his termination at a hearing scheduled for this week. He has pleaded not guilty to a felony manslaughter charge.
Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis is charged with second-degree misdemeanor culpable negligence. He is on paid administrative leave.