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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Rest in peace Sheriff Talbott.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 30, 2021

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