FHP clears Trooper Daniel Cole in cemetery owner shooting

1:01 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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Pinellas Park, Florida -- The trooper who shot and injured a cemetery owner has been cleared by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Back in September of 2012, Trooper Daniel Cole was tracking a stolen motorcycle to the Royal Palm North Cemetery in Pinellas Park. The owner of that cemetery, Cliff Work, was there. 

Work thought he was being robbed and armed himself with a gun.

That's when Trooper Cole fired off 18 rounds in six seconds. One of those rounds hit Work in the leg.

According to the report, Trooper Cole saw Work holding a gun pointed at him. He feared for his life and began shooting.

In addition to Friday's FHP report, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also opened an internal investigation, and cleared Cole last year. Now FHP has done the same.

As for the stolen motorcycle... it was dumped in a wooded area next to the cemetery and Work had no idea it was there.

In just over a decade, Trooper Cole shot an unarmed minister on a traffic stop as the pastor reached for his own wallet. Then the trooper tazed an unarmed teenage girl who was handcuffed, leaving her in a vegetative state.

He was also cleared of any wrongdoing in both of those incidents.

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