CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An investigation into the alleged beating of a student at the West Virginia State Police Academy is inconclusive as to how he sustained his injuries.
A review panel, commissioned by Gov. Joe Manchin, could not determine whether the blood clot Princeton Police Officer Christopher Winkler sustained happened or did not happen during the training incident where he was knocked unconscious.
The panel released its report into the alleged beating Friday.
It states that "no conclusive determination" could be made as to whether he got the blood clot from an earlier boxing session with an instructor or if the injury was "either aggravated or substantially inflicted" during baton draining.
When contacted earlier by the Gazette-Mail, Winkler and his family said two academy trainers beat him during baton training on April 5.
Winkler's mother, Pamela McPeak, said an instructor told her in the hospital after her son was injured that he saved Winkler's life by pulling two other instructors off Winkler when they continued to beat him while he was unconscious.
According to McPeak, her son was singled out by several of the training officers.
The panel interviewed nine people, including Winkler, several State Police troopers involved in the training and Princeton Police Chief William Roper. It did not interview approximately 47 other students in Winkler's class.
Ivin Lee, a member of the four-person panel and director of the state Human Rights Commission, said Friday she would not speak about the report.
"We turned the information over to the secretary [Secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety Joe Thornton]," Lee said. "Only he or the governor would be able to report on it."
Joe DeLong, spokesman for the department, said the panel was left alone to conduct its investigation.
"They were given a task and put out there on their own to get it done," he said. "No one within the department had any contact with this panel."