W. Va. State Trooper shot in Pocahontas County, suspect dead

A West Virginia state trooper was shot Monday night in Pocahontas County (Photo: WDTV)
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POCAHONTAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- 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 life-flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital Monday night.

His condition wasn't immediately available.