Correction: The attorney for the company that insures Punta Gorda against claims in cases like this, Nikki Nate of the Bryant Miller Olive firm in Tampa, says the settlement is for $70,000. Reporter Michael Hirsh was originally told by his source it was for $73,000.
WGCU News has learned the insurance company for Punta Gorda has reached a settlement in a year-old police dog-bite case. The officer involved is the same one who shot and killed a 73-year-old volunteer in a shoot-don’t shoot demonstration at police headquarters in August.
Last October 30th, Punta Gorda canine officer Lee Coel tried to stop Richard Schumacher from riding his bicycle without a working taillight.