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Florida officer who killed woman during demonstration has checkered record

Lee Coel, put on leave after Tuesday’s fatal shooting, has been accused of using excessive force with police dog and resigned from another police agency in 2013

The officer who shot and killed a 73-year-old retired librarian during a police “shoot/don’t shoot” demonstration in Florida was accused of using excessive force with his police dog and resigned from another police agency in 2013 for failing to satisfactorily complete an agency field training program.

Officer Lee Coel, 28, was put on administrative leave Tuesday as the Florida department of law enforcement investigates why real ammunition was used by mistake at an event designed to bring police and the public together in the small Gulf Coast city of Punta Gorda.

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