Sheriff Joseph Caldwell Talbott

Sheriff Joseph Caldwell Talbott

Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, May 4, 1919

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Joseph Caldwell Talbott

Sheriff Talbott, Deputy Sheriff John McDonald and Deputy Constable James Stapleton were shot and killed while transporting three auto theft suspects they had arrested to jail. One suspect was later arrested. On July 4, 1920, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was granted a new trial and acquitted on September 14, 1922.

Sheriff Talbott's wife was appointed sheriff in his place.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Sheriff Talbot,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lafayette County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 4, 2019

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