Punta Gorda police chief to address questions on fatal shooting

Posted at 7:50 AM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 07:50:36-04

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- In the wake of the death of a citizen on his watch, the Punta Gorda police chief says he plans to address some of the many questions people have on the death of Mary Knowlton during a citizen training event.

Four in Your Corner's Malcolm Johnson will be meeting with the Chief  Tom Lewis to discuss the accidental shooting death of Knowlton.  The 73-year-old was shot and killed after randomly being selected for a "shoot/don't shoot" demonstration at a citizen's police academy earlier this month.

Fox 4 also asked Chief Lewis about whether he'll discuss his own job security, as some Fox 4 viewers have stated that things need to be shaken up within the department.  He said he would.

But our viewers aren't the only ones calling for change within the department, as a local attorney told us recently, the chief should step down.  "He needs to resign. If he doesn't resign, the city council should fire him," says attorney Scott Weinberg.

Weinberg is representing a man suing the department for a previous incident involving the same officer who shot and killed Knowlton.

The shooting is still under investigation but Lewis says he wants to keep the community informed and try to answer the most frequently asked questions.

Malcolm will have a full report on his meeting with the chief on Fox 4 News at 6.