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5 NEWS UPDATE: Shooting Victim Upgraded to Good Condition
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 06, 2012 @ 11:15AM
Created on December 06, 2012 @ 6:43PM
 
 
UPDATE (11:00 AM THURSDAY)
 
Officials at Ruby Memorial Hospital told 5 News that Elizabeth Smith has been upgraded to good condition.
 
She was originally in critical condition after she was allegedly shot by her ex-husband, Jeffrey Zirkle, on Tuesday.
 
UPDATE (12:00 PM WEDNESDAY)
 
State Police have released the names of the man and woman involved in Tuesday's shooting/standoff in Randolph County, as well as the woman's current condition.
 
The woman, 49 year-old Elizabeth Smith, is in critical condition. Her ex-husband, 52 year-old Jeffrey Zirkle, is dead after a standoff at his home near the community of Jimtown.
 
Troopers came to his home after Smith called 911 and reported that she had been shot by her ex-husband while visiting his house.
 
We'll have more details and reaction from the community Wednesday night on First at 5.
 
ORIGINAL STORY (6:40 PM TUESDAY)
 
ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia State Police say a standoff is over after troopers shot and killed a shooting suspect near Elkins.
    
Police arrived at the home Tuesday after a shooting victim was able to call 911. The victim was taken to the hospital, and a standoff ensued between police and the shooter, who remained inside the home.
    
Sgt. Michael Baylous says the suspect eventually came out of the house with a weapon. He says the suspect posed a threat, and he was shot and killed.
    
Further details, including the shooting victims' names, were not immediately released.
    
The nearby Coalton Elementary School was locked down as a precaution after the first shooting. School officials say children were never in danger. They were allowed to go home before the standoff ended.
 

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