Trooper wounded in shooting remains in stable condition; authorities ID suspect

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POCAHONTAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - UPDATE: 8/7/19 5:25 P.M.

A West Virginia State Police trooper who was wounded Monday evening in a shooting in Pocahontas County is recovering in stable condition in the hospital, authorities said.

According to State Police, Trooper 1st Class Josh Tallman fatally shot William Biggs, 43, after Biggs shot him in the stomach.

Tallman, who works out of the Elkins State Police detachment, was flown to WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after the shooting.

Investigators said the incident happened after a single-vehicle crash in Pocahontas County. They said Biggs ran into nearby woods and shot at Tallman, hitting him in the stomach. Tallman returned fire, killing Biggs.


ORIGINAL STORY: 8/6/19

A West Virginia state trooper was shot during a shootout with a man Monday night in Pocahontas County.

Pocahontas County Sheriff Jeffrey Barlow was investigating a single-vehicle crash at around 6 p.m., according to a press release, when a man shot at him with a rifle.

Police from surrounding counties went to the scene and started searching a wooded area for the man.

During the search, that's when State Police said Trooper First Class Josh M. Tallman found the suspect, who fired a shot at Tallman. The trooper was hit in the stomach, returned fire and killed the man.

Tallman, who works out of the State Police Elkins Detachment, was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital Monday night.

His condition wasn't immediately available.