ELKINS — Bystanders gathered at the intersection of Randolph Avenue and Harrison Avenue in Elkins Tuesday afternoon to show support for a West Virginia state trooper who was returning home from the hospital after being shot.
Trooper First Class Josh M. Tallman, of the Elkins Detachment, underwent surgery at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown for a gunshot wound to the abdomen he suffered in a shootout in Pocahontas County Aug. 5.
Tallman was sent home Tuesday to recuperate, accompanied by several emergency vehicles.
According to a WVSP press release, Pocahontas County Sheriff J.P. Barlow was investigating a one-vehicle wreck at about 6 p.m. Aug. 5 when he was shot at by a man with a rifle.
Police officers from other counties responded to the scene and searched “a wooded area” for the suspect.
State Police troopers cordoned off the area, and a canine unit from Huttonsville Correctional Center assisted in the search, officials said.
Tallman found the suspect in the woods and was shot in the abdomen, below his body armor, officials said.
Tallman returned fire and shot and killed the suspect, the reported stated.
Tallman was transported by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital that night.
William Biggs, 43, of Marlinton, was identified by law enforcement officials as the suspect.