UPDATE:Two Nicholas County Sheriff's Deputies Shot in Standoff; Suspect Killed

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

 JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – One of the deputies shot in the standoff Saturday morning, Hansford “Buddy” Stapleton, went into surgery Saturday afternoon in Charleston to remove buckshot from both of his legs. His mother and grandparents live in Tutor Key, near Paintsville in Johnson County, Ky. They said Saturday that waiting to find out what happened was very difficult.


“I’m scared to death they're going to have some bad news or something,” Sandy Daniel, Stapleton’s mother, said, looking at the phone.


Daniel said she woke up Saturday around 4:30 a.m. with a bad feeling that something was wrong with her son Buddy. It wasn’t until about five hours later that she got a call from her daughter, telling her what had happened.


“I lost it, I just completely lost it,” Daniel said. “I started screaming and saying, ‘Oh God, I can't do this again.’”


Just last May, her husband of 30 years – Stapleton’s father – died after a battle with diabetes that caused clots in both lungs. Daniel said


“In a year’s time,” Daniel said, “you have already lost your husband of thirty years, and here you may lose your son. It's just too much, can't take it.”


When asked if she worries about her son – who spent four years in the Navy before joining the Summersville Police Department and eventually becoming a Nicholas County Sheriff’s Deputy, Daniel said, “Every day of my life.”


“Every time they say another police officer's been shot, I am just glued to that TV, and I’m just praying, ‘God, please don't let it be Buddy,’” Daniel said.


Not knowing much information is one of the worst parts for Stapleton’s grandmother, Alta Hayes.


“It’s just enough to get you to thinking, you know,” Hayes said. “Buddy means so much to us. He's always been my baby.”


Hayes noted that she was the one who gave Buddy his nickname.


“I pray for all the grandkids, but him, he's out on the line like that,” Hayes said of her concern for his safety. “It really gives you more to pray for.”


Stapleton’s family spent hours waiting Saturday afternoon to hear the results of his surgery. They planned to head to Charleston to see him, but they considered waiting until the morning, when the hospital would be less hectic and Stapleton would be less sedated.


In the meantime, Daniel kept in close touch with her daughter and daughter-in-law.


“Did you tell her to tell him that I love him?” she asked her daughter on the phone.


She told WSAZ.com, “I know that he knows I love him, and you know, everything, but I just want to tell him as a mother that I do.”

UPDATE 7/6/12 @ 1:15 p.m.

NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors in Craigsville say they're shocked by standoff Saturday morning that left a suspect dead and two sheriff's deputies recovering from gunshot wounds.

"It [sounded] like a warzone," neighbor Freida Goff said. "Or fireworks."

John Evans, 84, was fighting with a neighbor just after 9 a.m, according to police. When deputies responded, they say Evans engaged them in a standoff that lasted more than four hours.

Police say Evans shot Deputy Buddy Stapleton in the leg and then shot Deputy Tommy Allison in the face and stomach.

Officers say they tried to force Evans out of the home with tear gas.

Police shot and killed him when they say he attempted to sneak out the back door with a shotgun.

"We were in a situation where we could not allow someone who already shot two deputies to come out of that house with a weapon," said Sgt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police.

Neighbors say they're just trying to recover from the shock of it all.

"Everybody knew [Evans] said he was the nicest old man you'd ever met," Goff said.

Evans' family says he suffered from health problems including Alzheimer's disease.

Both deputies remain in the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

UPDATE 7/6/12 @ 1:30 p.m.
NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two Nicholas County Sheriff’s Deputies have been shot in a more than four-hour-long standoff.

Nicholas County Prosecutor P.K. Milam tells WSAZ.com Deputy Buddy Stapleton was shot in the leg and Deputy Tommy Allison was shot in the face and stomach.

Milam says the suspect, John Evans, 84, was shot and killed during the standoff.

Officials tell WSAZ.com both deputies are doing well and are expected to survive.

The standoff started about 9 a.m., Saturday.

The suspect had a 12 gauge shotgun and fired more than 12 rounds.

It all started after Evans got into a fight with a neighbor.

Deputies say when they arrived on scene, Evans had already been shot once.

West Virginia State Police say about 12:45 p.m., law enforcement used tear gas, and Evans then fired shots out the front door.

Troopers say he then attempted to exit out the back door with the shotgun still in his hands. Police reacted to the threat by shooting and killing Evans.

Evan's family says he suffers from Alzheimer's.

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NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Two Nicholas County Sheriff’s Deputies have been shot in a standoff.

Dispatchers tell us the standoff is still going on. Roane County Deputies say the suspect has barricaded himself in the home.

A neighbor tells WSAZ.com the standoff has been going on since approximately 9:15 a.m. and that there are 15 to 20 officers on the scene.

We have a crew at the scene.

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