Probation Officer David Poling

Probation Officer David Poling

Gallipolis Municipal Court, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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David Poling

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.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 27-29/pd13

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

pursuit, traffic stop

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Probation Officer David Poling of the Gallipolis Municipal Court, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 22, 2023

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