Lt. Col. Winquist: How RI Police Face Down Mental Illness

Sep 30, 2013

Several weeks ago, a  shooter opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C.  It turns out the suspected shooter Aaron Alexis was in Newport prior to the shooting.  During his stay Newport police were called to his hotel room, and he reported hearing voices.  The encounter, combined with others, has spurred debate about whether authorities should have seen red flags and done more.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist of the Rhode Island State Police.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Deputy supervisor for field operations with the Rhode Island State Police Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist trains state troopers on how to handle people with mental illness.  He sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison to discuss this complicated issue.

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