WSAZ EXCLUSIVE: Chase Suspect Talks About Officer's Death

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

The suspect charged in the correction officer's death in Gallia County spoke exclusively to WSAZ this afternoon at his arraignment.

Our reporter, Carrie Cline, just got back from the courthouse. Click on the video player to the unedited interview with Joseph Harris.

Harris is charged with involuntary manslaughter and obstruction for interfering with an officer's ability to do his job and causing death. Both are felonies.

On Tuesday evening, another officer stopped Harris for questioning in a case. Police say Harris took off running and Dave Poling, a probation officer from Gallipolis Municipal Court, chased after him.

When Harris jumped into the Ohio River, officer Poling followed and disappeared under water. A ten-hour search lead to the recovery of officer Poling's body.

Click here for our continuing coverage of the officer's death.

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