The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 23, 2007

Coroner: Shooting suspect committed suicide


By Greg Grisolano

ggrisolano@joplinglobe.com

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.