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SWAT called in for investigation near Shady Cove, two arrests made

The Jackson County Sheriff's office was trying to track down suspect Robert Tallman, the agency said.

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 2:20 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2020 5:07 PM

SHADY COVE, Ore. — Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies converged on a property near Shady Cove on Tuesday, arresting two suspects in an ongoing investigation.

Members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force were looking for 33-year-old Robert Phillip Tallman, the suspect in multiple criminal investigations that included Burglary, Eluding, and Reckless Driving. Tallman also had an outstanding warrant from the state Parole Board and Santiam Correctional Facility for a parole violation, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office had asked for help from the Task Force in making Tallman's arrest a priority. The Task Force includes members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Central Point Police, and the Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, investigators began surveillance on a property believed to be where Tallman was staying.

"During that time, he was seen in possession of a handgun and seen firing it," the Sheriff's Office said. "The assistance of the JCSO SWAT Team and additional personnel from Oregon State Police was requested."

Around 4:30 p.m., officers moved in to arrest Tallman. According to the Sheriff's Office, he ran toward Highway 62 from the 100-block of Butte Falls Highway. Within fifteen minutes, he was taken into custody.

Moments before officers arrest Tallman, they also arrested a woman who had been with him. 23-year-old Cheyanne Michael Colman was taken in for outstanding warrants related to theft charges.

Both Tallman and Colman were lodged at Jackson County Jail. The Sheriff's Office said that additional charges on Tallman are expected "as investigations conclude on his activities in recent weeks."

Already a convicted felon, Tallman was arrested back in November of 2017 after leading Sheriff's deputies on a car chase. When Tallman eventually crashed his car, he tried to run away, reportedly dropping a loaded revolver. Investigators found also found a "homemade improvised explosive device" in his car, in addition to methamphetamine.

In the 2017 case, Tallman pleaded guilty to four charges and was sentenced to prison time of a little more than two years, to be followed by two years probation.

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