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Springfield Police Searching for Suspect in Deadly Shooting

Map of Springfield with the 1800 Block of North Lyon Highlighted

Springfield, Mo. – On September 16, 2022, at approximately 10:13 a.m., the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to the alley in the 1800 block of North Lyon to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they discovered a male inside a vehicle who had suffered gunshot wounds. The male was pronounced deceased on scene.  

The deceased male was identified as Charles Tart, 52, from Springfield, Missouri.  Tart’s family has been notified.  Tart lived just a block over from Lyon on the 1900 block of North Main Avenue.

During the investigation, the Springfield Police Department’s Homicide Unit identified the suspect, Robert S. Parmley Jr., 40, from Springfield, Missouri.  The suspect fled the scene in a sliver 2006 Ford Expedition with a license plate of MO TJ2G1L.  Robert’s location is currently unknown.  He should be considered armed and dangerous and a potential threat to the community.  

Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or information that would assist in locating Robert Parmley to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).

This incident marks the 14th homicide for 2022. 

A photograph of Parmley and his vehicle can be seen below. 

Additional Info

Parmley has previously been arrested in Polk County on a warrant for domestic assault, possession of controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful use of a weapon. At the time, he was living in Ozark, MO.

In 2017, he plead guilty to Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 3rd Degree Domestic Assault, and Elder Abuse.

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