Police found no fingerprints at scene of Mountie’s death, court hears

Pingoatuk Kolola was top marksman with Canadian Rangers

By CHRIS WINDEYER

Police investigating the November 2007 shooting death of RCMP Const. Douglas Scott in Kimmirut found no usable fingerprints at the crime scene, a jury in Iqaluit heard Friday.

Sgt. Ernie Dechant, a forensic investigator with the RCMP, testified he found no fingerprints belonging to the accused, Pingoatuk Kolola, 39, in the truck Kolola was driving the night of the shooting.

Dechant told court the dry air and dry skin common in the North often makes it hard to collect fingerprint samples, because prints evaporate too quickly.

The only prints found at the scene belonged to a police firearms investigator who touched the RCMP truck Scott had been driving the night he was shot, Dechant said.

Dechant also said he found a boot print outside of the truck Kolola was driving that “could have matched” a boot found in Kolola’s home. But Dechant also said the match was not a positive identification, and the boot is of a type common in Nunavut.

Investigators also found a receipt in the truck bearing Kolola’s name. And in Kolola’s home, they found a 30.06 shell casing and a drug pipe wrapped in tissue in the garbage can of the bathroom.

The trial also heard Kolola’s service record as a Canadian Ranger, the reserve force Kolola that was a member of from 1994 to 2007.

Capt. Neal Whitman, commander of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, based in Yellowknife, said Kolola was the top marksman in training competitions held for Kimmirut rangers in 1995 and 1996.

The trial is scheduled to resume March 1.

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