Photo/Story Gallery 2007

Troopers Thwart a Suicide, Catch a Hit & Run

Trooper Tompkins, Sergeant Davis, Trooper Payne, and Trooper ColalilloTroopers Thwart Suicide Attempt: Florida Highway Patrol troopers in St. Johns County received information from two individuals that their son was at his residence threatening to commit suicide with a gun. Sergeant Rich Davis, Troopers Paul Tompkins, Tom Colalillo and Phillip Payne responded to the residence along with a St. Johns County deputy while the subject’s father spoke to his son via cell phone. After Trooper Colalillo talked to the subject on the phone for about five minutes, the subject finally came out of the residence unharmed. Sgt. Davis and Trooper Tompkins went inside the residence to make sure no one else was inside and seized two loaded rifles that lay on the subject’s bed. The deputy transported the subject to Flagler Hospital under the Baker Act.

Pictured above, L-R- Trooper Paul Tompkins, Sergeant Rich Davis, Trooper Phillip Payne, and Trooper Tom Colalillo and below, Trooper Kelvin Vega with his son Nathaniel.

Trooper Kelvin Vega with his son Nathaniel.FHP Trooper Uses Spanish to Solve Hit & Run: Trooper Kelvin Vega, who speaks Spanish fluently, used his language skills and good community relations within the Hispanic community of Putnam County recently to help solve a hit & run crash involving a fatality that occurred in Volusia County. After a traffic fatality occurred in Volusia County that killed the mother of a small child, traffic homicide investigators in Troop D requested assistance from Trooper Vega in an attempt to locate the hit & run driver who was thought to be in Putnam County. Trooper Vega immediately started an investigation and within a few hours, using his established good relations with the Hispanic population of Putnam County, was able to determine the location of the registered owner of the vehicle and the identity of the driver. This information led the traffic homicide investigators to track-down and arrest the suspect. Without Trooper Vega’s assistance, this case may not have been solved.