Mary Knowlton, a 73 year-old former librarian, volunteered to help out the Punta Gorda Police Academy in Florida.
Not a good decision.
The exercise was a “shoot or don’t shoot” event.
She was selected at random from a group of 35 citizens.
In the role-play, a Punta Gorda police officer was playing a baddie; he fired several times at Knowlton, who was supposed to be playing the victim.
Unfortunately his gun was not loaded with blanks but real bullets.
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