Woman Fatally Shot by Police During a Live Gun Demonstration in Florida
This is a reminder what a deadly serious responsibility guns bring. Despite excellent programs etc accidents can and do happen. Like plane and car crashes we try to learn lessons to prevent future tragedies.
What we don’t need is hastily assembled programs to deal with active shooter training. Or foolish rhetoric about self defense or the Second A.
According to Police Chief Thomas Lewis, the demonstration was intended to teach the class best practices in “using simulated lethal force.”
Knowlton was accidentally struck with a live round. She was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Lewis has since called the incident, which occurred August 9, a “horrible accident.” In a statement to the press, he said:
“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.”