SED MCU seeks public help in identifying male in relation to a shooting in Sparwood

Sparwood, Southeast District, Elk Valley, Major Crimes Unit, Can You Identify

2023-10-25 15:39 PDT

File # 2023E-18114

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the following male, who is a person of interest in a shooting death of Joel Zimbalatti, which occurred in Sparwood on October 11, 2023.

On October 11, 2023, at 3:16 pm, Elk Valley RCMP received a report of a shooting at a trailer located in the 6200 block of Lower Elk Valley Road, Sparwood, BC. Upon arrival, police arrested one male outside of the trailer and a search of the trailer located Mr. Zimbalatti deceased inside. The arrested male was later released from custody without charge as the investigation continued. At the onset of this investigation, the death of Mr. Zimbalatti was deemed suspicious and SED MCU was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

The initial investigation has determined that, in addition to the male who was arrested at the scene, a second male, who goes by the alias Slim, was also present when the shooting occurred and immediately departed the scene prior to police arrival.

Slim is believed to be one of the last people to see Mr. Zimbalatti alive, before he was shot and it is imperative that investigators speak with Slim regarding this investigation, says Inspector Brent Novakoski, District Senior Investigating Officer, SED MCU.

Slim was last seen in the Kimberley, BC area on the day after the shooting, but is known to have ties to the Okanagan area of BC.

Slim is described as:

Photo of the suspect in which he is wearing the same clothes as the last time he was seen.

If Slim sees or hears this call for information, we ask him to contact the police of jurisdiction, says Insp. Novakoski.

Should you encounter Slim do not approach him and immediately call 9-1-1. Should you have information regarding the identity of Slim please call the BC RCMP SED MCU information line at 1-877-987-8477.

Released by

Cpl. James Grandy
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
Office: 250-460-2398

Email: james.grandy@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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