Charleston, Mo. man charged with murder in deadly East Prairie shooting

A man from Charleston, Mo. has been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting in East Prairie.
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 4:40 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 4:13 PM CDT
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EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. (KFVS) - A Charleston man was charged with murder in connection with a deadly shooting in East Prairie.

DeParis Townsend, 32, of Charleston, was charged with murder first, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon.

He is being held at the Mississippi County Detention Center.

According to a release from East Prairie Police Chief Lorrie Christian, officers responded just before 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 to a report of multiple shots fired on N. Martin Ave. and E. Main St.

East Prairie Police Chief Lorrie Christian said officers responded at 9 p.m. on Thursday to a...
East Prairie Police Chief Lorrie Christian said officers responded at 9 p.m. on Thursday to a disturbance involving a victim and one suspect at the intersection of East Main and North Martin.(KFVS)

When officers arrived, they found the victim, 39-year-old Joshua Sisk of East Prairie, with multiple gunshot wounds.

Joshua Sisk was shot and killed in East Prairie Thursday night, July 28.
Joshua Sisk was shot and killed in East Prairie Thursday night, July 28.(Source: Family photo)

Police say the suspect, identified as DeParis Townsend, of Charleston, left the scene in a vehicle.

They learned he was heading to Charleston.

They say a short time later, Charleston Department of Public Safety officers sawy Townsend coming into the city on State Highway 105. They tried to stop him, but he continued through Charleston.

According to police, Townsend was arrested at the intersection of Vine and Finney Streets in Charleston.

Police say Sisk was airlifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Joshua Sisk’s father, Teddy Sisk, said his son was a generous man and loving father who enjoyed the outdoors.

“His was so big and so kind,” said Teddy Sisk. “He would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. He was a loving father of two boys and one girl. He ran a taxidermy business and enjoyed bow hunting and fishing with his kids.”

Joshua Sisk was also featured in a story on Heartland News in May 2018.

Kathy Sweeney interviewed him as part of a profile piece on Ricky Johnson, an East Prairie native who publicly shares his story of recovery, hope and redemption across the country.

Heartland News interviewed Joshua Sisk in 2018, profiling Ricky Johnson, an East Prairie native.
Heartland News interviewed Joshua Sisk in 2018, profiling Ricky Johnson, an East Prairie native.(Source: Family photo/KFVS)

The East Prairie Police Department thanked the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston Department of Public Safety and Sikeston Department of Public Safety for their response and assistance.

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