09/13/2012

Fla. trooper shoots cemetery owner

A 13-year veteran of the department was tracking a LoJack signal emanating from a stolen vehicle

By Keith Morelli
The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA, Fla. — The man shot by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper in a Pinellas Park cemetery early Monday morning is from Tampa and is the owner of the cemetery, the highway patrol, relatives and property records confirmed Tuesday.

Clifford F. Work, 48, owns Royal Palms Cemetery on Gandy Boulevard and likely was there preparing for a burial, said his uncle, Ernie Collins, speaking from Mt. Vernon, Ill.

Law enforcement authorities have released few details of the incident.

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