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UPDATE: State Trooper Recovering After Shot by Man Killed in Shootout with Police

By: Jennifer Rizzi, Kristen Schneider Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi, Kristen Schneider Email

UPDATE 5/4/12 @ 10 p.m.
ELKINS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A state trooper shot Thursday afternoon on the job is now recovering.

West Virginia State Police Cpl. Andrew Loudin, a young father of three, was working on a case in Elkins when a man he interviewed tried to take his life.

Loudin works for the Crimes Against Children Unit and had to speak with 55-year-old WIlliam Dumire. They met near Elkins High School at the home of Dumire's ex-wife.

As Loudin was leaving, police say Dumire pulled on a gun on him and fired several times. One of those shots hit Dumire in the chest.

"We don't know why this happened ... we don't have all the pieces of the puzzle together yet," Baylous said. "It's an unfortunate event."

Dumire ran to a nearby Wal-Mart parking lot, where police say he then stole a car at gunpoint. Troopers found him in a drain pipe later that night, and he started shooting at them.

"He had the opportunity to end it peacefully but he fired his weapon, which led to the exchange of gunfire," Baylous said.

Dumire was killed in that shootout. Now, state police are just grateful that their colleague Cpl. Loudin is OK.

"Many of us just prayed on our way over there that God would put a hedge of protection over Trooper Loudin and that his family would be comforted," Baylous said.

Dumire was being investigated for allegations of child sexual abuse. A Randolph County mother had issued a protective order against him on behalf of her 12-year-old daughter.

After the shooting, troopers from across the state pitched in to help track him down Thursday night.

UPDATE 5/4/12@ 12:05 a.m.
ELKINS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man police say shot a state trooper earlier Thursday evening has been shot and killed in an apparent shootout with police.

West Virginia State Police say William Dumire, 55, was found in a drain culvert near Elkins about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say there was an exchange of gunfire between Dumire and troopers. Dumire died as a result of that shootout.

Police say Dumire drove to the culvert after carjacking a victim in Elkins at gunpoint earlier in the evening. The victim was not hurt.

This after troopers say Dumire shot Corporal Andrew Loudin, of the Crimes Against Children Unit. It happened at a home near Elkins High School. The school was put on lock down as a precaution.

Loudin was taken to the hospital in Morgantown where he underwent surgery. He is listed in stable condition.

Loudin is a ten-year veteran of the West Virginia State Police.

A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.

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UPDATE 5/3/12
ELKINS, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Authorities say a man has been taken into custody after a West Virginia trooper was injured in a shooting earlier in the day.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says William David Dumire, 55, was taken into custody Thursday evening.

Baylous says the trooper is in stable condition after surgery at a Morgantown hospital.

Baylous says the trooper, assigned to the crimes against children unit, was interviewing Dumire at a home near Elkins High School when the shooting happened Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

UPDATE 5/3/12
ELKINS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The search for a shooter continues into the night in Randolph County Thursday.

William David Dumire of Harrison Ave. is on the run after shooting a State Police trooper at a home near Elkins High School at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

State police officials tell Dumire carjacked a vehicle and was last seen near Kelley Mountain Lodge off of us 33.

They say he was wearing blue jeans, brown t shirt and glasses.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says the trooper is in a hospital in Morgantown, has gone through surgery and is now in stable condition.

The trooper is assigned to crimes against children unit.
His name has not yet been released.

Parts of Elkins were shut down following the shooting.

No word yet on what caused the shooting.

ELKINS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- 911 Officials in Randolph County, W.Va. say a police officer has been shot and the suspect is on the run.

West Virginia state police tell the victim was a state trooper.

They say the shooting happened about 4 p.m. at a home near Elkins High School.

The school has been placed on lock down.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-9 white male wearing glasses, a tan shirt and work boots.

He was last seen in the area near Kelley Mountain Lodge on Route 33.

The trooper was taken to Davis Memorial Hospital with multiple gun shot wounds. His name has not yet been released.

Officers from several agencies are searching for the suspect.

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