Ark. police recruit's death now a criminal investigation

Vincent Parks, 38, died during a training exercise on his first day at the academy


By Sarah Calams

JONESBORO, Ark. — Last month, 38-year-old Vincent Parks died during a department training exercise. He had only been with the Jonesboro Police Department for one month. Now, his death has become a criminal investigation.

Vincent Parks died on July 17 while attending his first day at the Central Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. At the time of his death, police said Parks showed signs of “medical distress” when he arrived for training.

Vincent Parks.
Vincent Parks. (Photo/Jonesboro Police Department Facebook)

Arkansas State Police spokesperson Bill Sadler told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Parks’ death became a criminal investigation after “new facts that were contrary to original statements.”

Jami Cook, Department of Public Safety Director, said Parks “‘fell out’ after jogging to and from his car and engaging in four minutes of calisthenics.”

Following Parks’ death, four other recruits at the same academy were sent to another training facility. Parks leaves behind his wife and daughter.

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