Salem, Mo. Man Arrested In Waterloo – Charged With Fatally Shooting Man In Missouri

Wesley Tatom of Salem, Mo., was charged Monday, Jan. 15, with second degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting last week of Darrell Johnson of Robertsville, Mo. Tatom was taken into custody Monday morning at a home in Waterloo – 310 Morrison Ave. At the point of the investigation, it has not been released why the suspect was hiding out in the Waterloo home.

Tatom, 24, remains behind bars of the Monroe County Jail awaiting his extradition to Franklin County. His bond was set at $250,000.

According to Franlin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, the investigators believe Tatom went to the Johnson’s home in the 1200 block of Wardfield Road in Robertsville, Mo. An altercation occurred upon his arrival leaving Johnson fatally shot. He was rushed to an area hospital, but soon succumbed to his wound. Witnesses told police they saw two vehicles - a small red passenger car and a black pickup – fleeing the scene.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit worked through the weekend following leads that led them to Waterloo, reports Sheriff Pelton. Just before 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, a heavy police presence converged in front of the Morrison Avenue in Waterloo. Illinois State Police worked with officers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Waterloo Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. Tatom was soon taken into custody and transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Sheriff Pelton thanks the Franklin County citizens that contributed information, the Waterloo Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police for their assistance.


According to court reports, Tatom had spent time in the Morgan County, Mo., Jail last June on charges of the possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and improper lane use.

(The Washington Missourian / E-Missourian newspaper contributed information to this story.)