SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The suspect in a Springfield shooting has been found dead, according to police and Ozarks First has obtained new information about what led up to the homicide he was suspected in.
Robert Parmley Jr. was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at about 9:50 pm on Thursday, September 22.
A release from the Springfield Police Department states that Parmley was making suicidal threats with a gun at a home on N. Lyon Ave.
Officers responded to the scene, but Parmley refused to exit the house. Officers obtained a search warrant and entered the house to find Parmley deceased.
Parmley’s next of kin have been notified.
On September 16, Springfield Police investigated a shooting on the 1800 block of North Lyon Avenue near Calhoun Street.
The probable cause statement shows the dispute between Robert Parmley Jr. and the victim, Charles Tart, began because Tart’s dog had gotten out of Tart’s yard.
Two men approached Tart and said that the dog would be shot if Tart could not keep him in the yard.
Tart replied that whoever shot the dog would be shot. One of the men went into the house and brought out a handgun and told Tart to “Draw.”
Tart apologized for the dog getting out and got into his van and began driving away. The probable cause statement says Parmley Jr. then fired two shots in the direction of the van and the van rolled to a stop.
Another person who witnessed the incident called 911 and found Tart dead in the van.
Police said officers were called to the area because gunshots were heard just before 10:15 Friday morning. When officers arrived, they found Charles Tart’s body in a car. Police said Tart had been shot to death. He was 52 years old.
Parmley was identified as a suspect in the shooting and Springfield Police officers notified the public that he was considered potentially armed and dangerous.
On Tuesday, September 20, police officers found Parmley’s vehicle abandoned, but were still unable to locate Parmley.
According to court documents, Parmley was charged with 2nd-degree murder and one count of Armed Criminal Action in the shooting of Charles Tart.