UPDATE: WV State Police release more information of the officer-involved shooting in Pocahontas County

By  | 

POCAHONTAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 08/07/19 2:36 p.m.
West Virginia State Police have released more information about the condition of T.F.C. Josh Tallman and the name of the suspect.

Picture Courtesy: WVSP

According to Deputy Chief of Staff Services Shallon Oglesby, Tallman is in stable condition.

Oglesby says the suspect was 43-year-old William Biggs.

Tallman was shot in the stomach when he encountered Biggs who fled after wrecking his car Monday night. Tallman returned fire and killed Biggs.

UPDATE 08/06/2019 06:00 p.m.
An outpouring of support Tuesday morning as the Elkins and law enforcement community sent thoughts and prayers to T.F.C. Tallman and his family.

T.F.C. Tallman served with the Philippi detachment of WVSP before transferring to the Elkins detachment. Barbour County Sheriff Phillip Ferguson spoke about the impact of the shooting on his department.

"All my guys were hit real hard. They worked close with him and my guys have taken it real hard. They were on last night after they had heard they were going backwards and forwards chatting amongst their phones and stuff and was real concerned over him," said Ferguson.

Senator Joe Manchin released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying him and his family will keep T.F.C. Tallman in their prayers and that they pray for a speedy recovery.

According to Facebook posts by Tallman's family, T.F.C. Tallman underwent surgery Monday night and is currently in stable condition, although 5 News was unable to confirm with officials.

5 News reached out to the Elkins detachment of WVSP who did not comment as the investigation is still ongoing.



ORIGINAL 08/06/2019 10:42 a.m.
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.