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INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
711 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655
___ Senior Citizen
___ Child Abuse
___ Involved Alcohol
REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE(Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)
At 10:06 a.m., Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an unpleasant odor emanating from a residence at 107 Combs Street, which the caller indicated was the residence of Detective Charles Tatum of the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The caller identified herself as Edith McElroy, neighbor and landlady of the property.
Unit #304 (Deputy Fred Willits) and Unit #305 (Deputy P.J. Watson) were dispatched to the scene. Reporting Officer (R/O) Willits arrived at the scene at 10:11 a.m. and R/O Watson arrived at 10:12 a.m.
Upon arrival, R/O Willits was met by the complainant, who identified herself as Edith McElroy. Witness McElroy said, in summary and not verbatim, that she has recently noted an unpleasant odor emanating from the other apartment in her building.
Witness McElroy said she had not seen the occupant of that apartment, whom she identified as Detective Charles Tatum of the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department, in several days. The witness indicated it was unusual for her to go more than one day without seeing Tatum and she was concerned for his welfare.
R/O Willits contacted his shift commander to request permission to make entry to the residence. Lieutenant George Montoya gave verbal authorization to gain entry to the residence at 10:22 a.m. The witness McElroy, also the property landlord, provided R/Os with a key to the residence and R/Os entered at 10:24 a.m. The witness McElroy was instructed to remain outside the residence.
Upon entry into the residence, R/Os noted the unpleasant odor was much stronger. R/Os conducted a well-being search of the residence. In the bedroom of the residence, R/Os observed a deceased white male personally known to R/Os as Detective Charles Tatum of the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.
The deceased was in a supine position on the bed and was unclothed. A close-range gunshot wound was visible to the right side of his head and a handgun was observed in the deceased's right hand. The weapon appears to be the deceased's Yoknapatawpha County-issued sidearm, a SIG Sauer P226 9mm. Based on appearance, it is R/O's opinion that the deceased has been dead for some time.
R/O Willits then contacted Dispatch and requested Command Personnel TX him at 234-XXXX, the telephone number at the witness McElroy's residence. Following R/O's verbal report, the following personnel responded to the scene: Sheriff Taylor Sheldon, Lieutenant George Montoya, and Internal Affairs Detective Anna Calhoun. Yoknapatawpha County Fire Department EMTs Bill Harcourt and Ned Keller responded no-code to the scene and transported the deceased to the Coroner's Office.
At 11:43 a.m., Sheriff Sheldon and Det. Calhoun released R/Os from the scene.
|REPORTING OFFICER||Fred Willits||DATE REPORTED||5-20-2018|
|REPORTING OFFICER|| //Fred Willits|
|ASSISTING OFFICER|| //P.J. Watson|