Probation Officer David Poling

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 22, 2007



DAVID POLINGProbation Officer David Poling drowned in the Ohio River while chasing a suspect who had  fled from a traffic stop initiated by  the Gallipolis Police Department.

As officers chased the suspect, he jumped into the river and swam to Gallipolis  Island.

Officer Poling went into the river after the suspect, but  encountered problems approximately half way to the island. A city police officer  and a state trooper attempted to rescue him but were unsuccessful.

The  suspect was located on the island several hours later and taken into custody. He  was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in  prison.

Officer Poling had served with the Gallipolis Police Department  and previously the Gallia County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife  and two young children.

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