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SWAT arrests wanted man near Shady Cove

Local, state and federal agents — including a Special Weapons and Tactics team — arrested an armed and dangerous man believed to be behind multiple crimes in the upper Rogue Valley.

Robert Phillip Tallman, 33, is in the Jackson County Jail on multiple felony burglary, illicit marijuana and theft charges following a Tuesday afternoon arrest outside Shady Cove aided by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, the U.S. Marshals Service among other state and out-of-state agencies, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Mike Moran.

Moran said the sheriff’s office drew assistance multi-state Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force to track down Tallman following multiple police chases and reckless driving incidents in the Shady Cove area over the past several weeks.

“We wanted to get him off the street,” Moran said.

The task force comprises of resources based out of Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Members of the task force working Tallman’s case included two local U.S. Marshals, a Central Point police officer and a sheriff’s deputy.

In the hours prior to Tallman’s arrest, task force members witnessed Tallman in possession of a handgun and firing the weapon. Moran said the weapon was not fired at anyone in particular, but seeing the weapon prompted a SWAT response and added Oregon State Police resources for Tallman’s arrest.

At about 4:30 p.m., the agencies descended to the 100 block of Butte Falls Highway to make their arrest

Tallman attempted to flee on foot towards Highway 62, but was captured as of 4:42 p.m.

A woman with Tallman, identified as Cheyanne Michael Colman, 24, of Shady Cove, was arrested on misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear in court on previous charges of second-degree theft, first-degree trespassing and driving while suspended. As of Wednesday afternoon, Colman was no longer an inmate at the jail, records show.

Tallman is the suspect in “multiple criminal investigations” in the Shady Cove area, Moran said, and anticipates more charges will be filed in the weeks ahead.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office had not yet filed charges against Tallman as of Wednesday evening, Jackson County Circuit Court records show; however, court records show numerous felony convictions dating back to 2006. Tallman most recently has a warrant for violating his parole on prior convictions for attempting to elude police in a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a destructive device for a November 2017 police chase in a Pontiac Firebird near Shady Cove. After the chase, the Oregon State Police bomb squad recovered an improvised explosive from the sports car, according to earlier news reports.

As of Wednesday evening, Tallman was held in jail without bail.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Robert Phillip Tallman was arrested by local and federal agents Tuesday. Jackson County Sheriff's Office photo.