by Nick Delgado
Guam - Parks & Recreation park ranger Nick Caudell used his duty weapon in the recent double homicide before he turned the gun on himself. The incident has sparked concerns from the Parks & Rec commission about whether or not park rangers should be armed.
The commission's chairperson, Ray Topasna, tells KUAM News he doesn't believe park patrol officers should carry guns and any violent situations would require police assistance. Park Patrol Officer Vivian Gogo disagrees, saying they go through annual weapons qualification training. "The reason we carry weapons is because we are out there in the parks and we do come across individuals with knives, machetes. I've been here for four years and it's always been a part of our gear," she said.
The commission is expected to discuss the issue during the next meeting, which is scheduled for January 13.