PINELLAS PARK — Newly released video obtained by Bay News 9 shows the moment that a Florida Highway Patrol trooper fired on a man last September in a Pinellas Park cemetery.
The grainy video, taken from a camera mounted on the dashboard of a patrol cruiser, shows Trooper Daniel Cole with a rifle in his hands standing near the side of a maintenance shed on the grounds of Royal Palm North Cemetery. When a door opens on the shed, Cole opens fire, blasting a barrage of shots toward the doorway as he retreats.
Cole was tracking a signal from a LoJack theft recovery device on a stolen motorcycle at 6 a.m. Sept. 10. The signal led him to the shed, where cemetery owner Clifford F. Work was inside sleeping.
When Cole repeatedly knocked on the side of the shed, Work, 48, awoke and opened the door with a gun in hand. Cole opened fire. One shot hit Work in the leg.
The stolen motorcycle was later found in the woods behind the shed.
A Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation of the shooting cleared Cole of wrongdoing earlier this month.