Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sheriff's detective found dead

Longtime officer fatally shot at his home

The YCSD is mourning the loss of one of their ownYoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Detective Charles Tatum was found dead in his Combs Street apartment today of an apparent self-inflicted wound. Tatum, 45, was a 21-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department and most recently had served as a detective in the Vice Squad.

Sheriff's deputies discovered the body Sunday morning after being called to the scene by a concerned neighbor. Tatum had apparently been dead inside his apartment for several days prior to the discovery. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow to determine the time and cause of death.

Sheriff Taylor Sheldon did not respond to questions about how long Tatum had been dead or why his body was not found earlier.

In a prepared statement to the press late this afternoon, Sheriff Sheldon said, "Detective Charles Tatum was a highly valued member of this department. His loss is a terrible tragedy, both for the department and for the public."

Sheldon refused to answer any questions about the circumstances surrounding Tatum's death. He would not comment on any possible motivations for Tatum's apparent suicide or whether a suicide note was found.

Tatum is the first member of the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department to die of other than natural causes in nearly two decades.

The Sheriff's Department declined to release any information on the investigations Tatum was conducting at the time of his death and would not say whether foul play is suspected in the death of the respected detective.

Tatum, who was unmarried, is survived by his mother and his two siblings, all of whom live out of state.

Funeral arrangements are pending, but a service is expected to be held in Oxford before the body is returned to Tatum's hometown of Guin, Alabama for burial.

 

Check back for updates on this developing story.

By Kemper Jones at 5:58 PM

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Ok so, a few things here. 1.) I want to see a file on Sheriff Taylor Sheldon. I think you guys should act as our dispatch and when we ask for something you should email it to the person who sent the request. 2.) The article talks about detective...

Ok so, a few things here. 1.) I want to see a file on Sheriff Taylor Sheldon. I think you guys should act as our dispatch and when we ask for something you should email it to the person who sent the request. 2.) The article talks about detective Tatum being the first member of the YCSD to die of unnatural causes in almost twenty years, I'd like to receive all of the information I can on the person mentioned. It may or may not have something to do with detective Tatum's supposed suicide.
I absolutely love this site and the cases but, I don't have access to information like a normal detective would have if he/she were really working this case. I think since I've payed my money then I should receive information as requested. You guys running the site should work as our dispatch just like in real life. We request information you send it to us as a case file through our email address. Think about it!
Thanks again for all your hard work. I truly do love this site.

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Oh! I also forgot to mention... what are the names of his mother and two siblings? What about his father? Who is his partner? Did he have any roommates? Friends? Enemies? I'm needing everything you have on detective Tatum. I will figure out what...

Oh! I also forgot to mention... what are the names of his mother and two siblings? What about his father? Who is his partner? Did he have any roommates? Friends? Enemies? I'm needing everything you have on detective Tatum. I will figure out what happened to him. I'd like to see photos of the crime scene. If you could email me these pictures I'd appreciate it.

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I would like to support and solve the case please keep us updated thanks

 
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