COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Investigators are still searching for answers, a day after two Naples Police officers were involved in a domestic dispute that left one of them dead and the other in Intensive Care at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Today, a friend and colleague gave WINK News insight into their lives.
There's still plenty of speculation as to what happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but Joe Whitehead said not to judge and instead, remembered the two outstanding officers.
"Anytime you have someone whose record shows that they know how to do the job, and they do it well, and they do it without generating liability or complaints, that is a loss," said Whitehead.
Whitehead, a former detective with the department, said he worked with the Naples Police for 20 years, and said he trained Sgt. Amy Young, who remains in the ICU. Whitehead said he knew Luis Monroig, who died during the domestic dispute around 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Now, he wants all of Southwest Florida to remember them the way he does.
"I was very disappointed and saddened. I was surprised because I had strong opinions of each of them," said Whitehead.
Neighbors are speechless after learning the two were police officers, but Whitehead looks past that.
"People are looking at it through the prism of that they were both wore badges, but the truth is this is really a human tragedy," said Whitehead.
And when the story fades and this Estero community gets back to normal, there will still be two families mourning, asking why, and eventually looking to heal.
"We can't go back and fix what went wrong between the two subjects of this investigation. We can reach out to the people who were left behind and do everything we can to help stabilize and normalize their lives from this point forward," said Whitehead.
Whitehead encourages the community to reach out to the families. He will give more of his perspective on this situation and listen to the concerns of the community during his talk show this Saturday from 10am - Noon on 98.9 WGUF FM.
The shooting investigation continues.