DNA leads to charges in 2016 hit and run in Kamloops – Kamloops This Week

DNA leads to charges in 2016 hit and run in Kamloops - Kamloops This Week
Man dies in RCMP cells – Kamloops News
The Mounties say they have notified British Columbia's police watchdog after the death of a man who was being held in an RCMP cell in the southern Interior city of Kamloops.

The RCMP say the man was arrested under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act after a business in the city filed a complaint at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

We are very pleased that a suspect has been identified. This is a case where modern police investigative techniques … and patience … has paid off, said Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a media release.

The RCMP say officers found the man in a nearby parking lot and he was being held until he was able to care for himself.

Joshua Joseph Pooli is facing charges of failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, possession of stolen property and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

The Independent Investigations Office examines all deaths or serious injuries involving police to determine whether any offences were committed.

Police were able to collect DNA evidence, but found no matches at the time. However, police say a suspect in Prince George recently came back as a match, prompting the arrest.

Joshua Joseph Pooli, 29, previously from Kamloops was arrested in Prince George Wednesday morning as the suspect in a pedestrian hit and run from 2016.

The jogger suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. RCMP searched the area extensively and the suspect vehicle was found later that same day near the Halston Overpass. It had been stolen earlier in the morning,” said Shelkie, adding the suspect’s DNA was found inside of the vehicle but it did not match any of the samples within the National DNA Data Bank. Recently, the DNA was matched with a suspect who was from Kamloops but currently living in Prince George.

“The video is very important, which is why agencies have such video [equipment] in their facilities. They understand that these can be high risk situations,” McDonald continued. “And the real thing that well be looking at at the end of the day is to determine whether or not any action or inaction of the police led to this mans death, or whether it was something that occurred irrespective of the actions of the police.”

“We are very pleased that a suspect has been identified. This is a case where modern police investigative techniques, and patience, has paid off,” said Shelkie.

“We will be going through all of the video that will be available. Typically, jail cells have video so that you can effectively watch every minute that the person has spent in custody with the police service. Well be looking at what steps were taken while he was there to do welfare checks on him, were there any complaints about his wellness, that type of thing.

Pooli will be transported to Kamloops to face charges of fail to stop at scene of accident causing bodily harm, possession of stolen property and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.