MARLINGTON, W.Va. (WV MetroNews/WSAZ) -- UPDATE 8/14/19 @ 10:44 a.m.
A West Virginia State Police trooper shot last week in Pocahontas County was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
Trooper First Class Josh Tallman, 30, was shot in the lower abdomen while responding to a call last Monday. The Pocahontas County sheriff and a deputy asked for assistance after coming under gunfire in the midst of investigating a wrecked vehicle.
Tallman and other law enforcement searched for the gunman, 43-year-old William Biggs. Biggs shot Tallman, who returned fire and killed Biggs.
Tallman underwent three surgical procedures at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, our media partner WV MetroNews reports.
UPDATE 8/7/19 @ 3:45 p.m.
A West Virginia State Police trooper who was hurt Monday evening in a shooting in Pocahontas County is still recovering in the hospital, the agency says.
Trooper First Class Josh Tallman, who was shot in the stomach, is stable. Tallman is from the Elkins Detachment.
State police say the suspect, who died during the incident, was William Biggs, 43.
Investigators say the incident happened Monday after a single-vehicle crash in Pocahontas County. They say 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 state police trooper is hospitalized after being shot in the stomach Monday evening in Pocahontas County.
According to information from the West Virginia State Police, Trooper First Class Josh Tallman, from the Elkins Detachment, responded to a call in Pocahontas County after a driver had fired a shot from a rifle at Pocahontas County Sheriff J.P. Barlow.
The shooting happened after a single-vehicle crash. The shooting suspect ran into the woods.
Trooper Tallman was among the other police officers to arrive on the scene. Tallman encountered the suspect in the woods. The suspect shot Tallman in the stomach, state police said. Tallman returned fire and killed the suspect.
Tallman was taking by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he remained Tuesday morning. State police spokesperson Captain Shallon Oglesby said Tallman was in stable condition after overnight surgery.
The name of the suspect has not been released.
Olgesby said Tallman and the other responding officers were heading into a dangerous situation.
“The light is starting to settle and you’re entering into a place where a suspect has fled and he already has cover and his hiding. It’s just a very, very dangerous situation,” Oglesby said.
State police are conducting an investigation, trying to find a motive for the shooting and they are praying for Tallman, Oglesby said.
“We all know every day when we put this uniform on that it can happen but it’s a call that you never, ever want to get. It’s a range of emotions for sure. Your first instinct is to run and go help and I’m sure that’s what the guys in that area did,” Oglesby said.
A Facebook posting by the Elkins Nazarene Church requested prayer for Tallman.
"Urgent Prayer Request: Please pray for Trooper Josh Tallman. This is Alyssa, Tallman’s husband. Alyssa and Josh’s mom has been helping out in our children’s ministries. Josh was shot tonight in the line of duty, below the vest. Please pray!”