Sunday, April 22, 2018
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FHP trooper at center of cemetery shooting investigation returns to duty

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper at the center of a shooting investigation is back on the job.

Trooper Daniel Cole, a 13-year veteran, returned to normal patrol duties Wednesday FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said.

Cole was placed on administrative leave after the mysterious shooting of cemetery owner Clifford F. Work on the morning on Sept. 10 in Pinellas Park.

Both the trooper, whose history includes glowing commendations as well as violent confrontations, and Work, who has a concealed weapons permit, were armed when they encountered each other.

Authorities have largely remained mum on why Cole shot Work, who suffered a non-fatal leg wound.

At the time, Cole was tracking a stolen $60,000 motorcycle. An anti-theft device on the bike led the trooper to the cemetery. Authorities later found it in some trees near a shed on the cemetery property; they have not said whether they believe Work had any connection to it.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident. The FHP is doing an internal review.

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