Editor, The Commercial:
As a paramedic that has served this community for over 10 years, I would like to give some facts and some thoughts. I have served in the emergency service field since 1988 in almost all aspects. I have logged over 100 hours of active shooter and crime scene training. My wife tells me that I first met Isadore Monroe at church; I think it was before. And I have backed up both Officer Vilches and Chief Hubanks on the streets and SWAT call-outs as a paramedic.
Regarding the medical end of this incident, as we age, our senses decrease. This includes pain, smell and sight. So no, Mr. Crump, tear gas doesn’t “work on everybody”… there are many documented cases showing that tear gas doesn’t work on the average aged male.
Now let’s talk about the city’s Police Department. Officer Vilches has always been a well-respected officer. I have not seen Officer Vilches since the incident and can only hope that he knows he did his job. Chief Hubanks is also a kind and well-educated individual. The only fault that I see is the PBPD did not ask soon enough for the State Police to investigate the incident.
My heart and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Isadore, my thoughts go out to Officer Vilches, and my support goes out to Chief Hubanks and the PBPD in the tragic situation. I can only ask, what is Mr. Crump’s reason for coming to Arkansas? Would he be here if it was Officer Vilches that was killed?
I can only hope that Mr. Crump releases all of the videos and a timeline of everything that happened. From what I saw on the news, this was a PBPD officer defending himself!