Winkler's mother, Pamela McPeak told the Gazette that 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.
In her interview with Hammons, she said the statement was made by the officer to Winkler's father. Winkler's father, Paul Winkler, also told investigators that that is what he was told by an unidentified officer.
The doctor who was allegedly present at the time, Dr. Richard Coulon, did not hear the officer say he had pulled anyone off of Winkler, Holstein said.
Winkler, who has since finished his certification at the academy, said he didn't expect them to find any malicious intent.
"It's the state investigating the state. I didn't expect much from them," he said. "I don't know what happened to me. I know the pain was a lot more severe when I came to."
DeBoard said the multiple assailant training continues to be a part of training at the academy. He said the instruction process is always under review but that no changes were made specifically because of what happened to Winkler.
Four people were hurt in the most recent round of multiple assailant training, all instructors, DeBoard said.
"A lot of times instructors come out on the short end of the stick," he said.
DeBoard participated in the training himself during the last class. A student hit him in the back and compressed some of his vertebrate. He's been seeing a chiropractor.
"We still stand by the training. It's good, realistic and necessary training," he said.
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