By Greg Grisolano
A Joplin man who fired on two deputies Friday night turned his shotgun on himself after the incident, according to a ruling Monday on his death by the Jasper County coroner.
“It was 100 percent self-inflicted,” said Coroner Jerry Neil of the wound that killed Roscoe Shawn Tallent, 44. “There was no harm done to him other than what he did to himself.”
Tallent opened fire on two Jasper County sheriff’s deputies Friday night, wounding one. The deputies were attempting to serve notice of a restraining order to another resident at Tallent’s home at 1005 W. Junge Blvd., authorities said.
Deputies had been to the property the night before to serve Tallent with papers related to divorce proceedings.
According to sheriff’s Lt. Derek Walrod, the altercation started in the driveway of the residence, where one deputy was wounded as he arrived to back up another officer.
“One deputy returned fire,” he said. “At that point, the suspect fled.”
About 50 yards away from the house, Tallent encountered a Joplin police officer who was responding to the incident. At that point, Tallent turned the gun on himself, authorities said.
Walrod declined to release the name of the deputy who suffered minor wounds to his head and forearm in the shooting.
“We want him to take it easy and get some rest,” he said. “He’s out of the hospital.”
On Saturday, members of Tallent’s family said they were shocked by the incident, and Walrod said the department had been shaken up as well.
“It floored us,” Walrod said then. “We’re just as surprised as anybody.”
Walrod said it is unclear whether Tallent was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Neil said it would be 10 to 11 weeks before his office would know the results of toxicology tests. He said the report is part of the standard procedure for most autopsies.
By Greg Grisolano
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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