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Sep. 10, 2012 — Pinellas Park

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Cole tracked a stolen motorcycle to Royal Palm North Cemetery.

According to officials, Cole, backed by two Pinellas Park police officers, knocked on the door of a maintenance shed and announced who he was around 6 a.m.

Lights were on in the shed and music playing. Clifford Work, 48, the owner of the cemetery, was asleep inside. He answered the door holding a handgun. Read more

Trooper Cole said Work pointed the gun at him. The trooper fired his rifle 15 times, wounding Work once in the thigh. Work said that he was awakened by the banging, didn't know that the man outside the shed was an officer and that his Glock 30 was pointed down at 45 degrees.

Work sued Cole and the Highway Patrol. The cases were dismissed after a settlement was reached, according to court records.

The stolen motorcycle had been dumped near the shed and was never connected to Work.

This was the 101st police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in North Miami Beach .

11 days later, one officer shot one person in Hollywood .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Work answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  2. The officer shot 15 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Work was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Work's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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