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Suspect shot by FHP identified as cemetery owner

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One day after a shooting by an Florida Highway Patrol trooper at a cemetery, more information is emerging about the man who was shot.

But there are many unanswered questions surrounding the trooper who did the shooting.

The man who was shot was identified by the FHP as 48-year old Clifford Work, a married father and businessman who owns several Tampa Bay Area cemeteries, including the Royal Palm North Cemetery on Gandy Boulevard, where the incident happened.

One family member says Work often pulls 16 hour days. He has no criminal record, nothing more than a littering fine in 2003.

The trooper who shot him is Daniel Cole, a 13-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol. Just a few months ago, Cole made headlines for an incident involving a stun gun.

The shooting in the cemetery happened early Monday, around 6 a.m.

"The trooper did fire shots at a subject who was struck. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he has received medical treatment," said FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins on Monday, after the shooting.

According to the FHP, Trooper Daniel Cole was tracking a LoJack signal for a stolen vehicle, which they say led him to a garage in the back of the cemetery.

As he got closer to the garage, FHP says Cole spotted someone with a gun and fired on him.

Work was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital.

Cole used a stun gun on a woman who was handcuffed back in February. Investigators say Danielle Maudsley was being arrested in a hit and run case when she tried to escape. A dashboard video camera shows Trooper Cole chasing her, then using the stun gun on her from behind.

Maudsley fell and slammed her head into the asphalt. Although Trooper Cole was cleared of any wrongdoing, Maudsley is now in a vegetative state.

As for Monday's shooting, there are still a lot of questions. Did investigators ever find that LoJack signal? If so, whose vehicle was it? Did Work actually have a gun?  Records show he had a concealed weapons permit at one time. If Work did have a gun, was Trooper Cole threatened? Or did he shoot an innocent man?

So far, the Florida Highway Patrol isn't giving many answers. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now in charge of the investigation. Trooper Cole is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.

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