Missouri homicide suspect arrested in Waterloo

Wesley Tatom

Two people wanted in connection with a homicide over the weekend in Franklin County, Mo., were taken into custody early Monday morning in Waterloo. One man now stands charged with murder.

According to a press release, the Waterloo Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police began assisting the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office with the homicide investigation on Sunday.

ISP contacted the suspects related to the homicide investigation in the 300 block of Morrison Avenue in Waterloo early Monday.

The suspects were arrested at the request of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Waterloo police said. On Monday evening, The Missourian newspaper in Washington, Mo., reported that one of the suspects, Wesley Tatom, 24, of Salem, Mo., was charged with second-degree murder and remains at the Monroe County Jail awaiting extradition. During a Tuesday afternoon hearing, Tatom waived extradition and is awaiting transport to Franklin County.

A second person taken into custody on Morrison Avenue, also a male, remains in custody at the Monroe County Jail.

Neighbors reported seeing a strong police presence surrounding a residence at 310 Morrison Avenue, including law enforcement personnel dressed in tactical gear. The deployment of a flash grenade was used by police during the incident. This is a non-lethal explosive device sometimes used by tactical police units to apprehend a suspect.

Monday’s incident is related to the shooting death Friday night of a 46-year-old man in Robertsville, Mo. The victim, identified as Darrel L. Johnson, was shot outside of his camper and died later at a hospital, according to this article from The Missourian newspaper in Washington, Mo.


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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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