A West Virginia State Police trooper who was injured in a Monday night, Aug. 5, shooting in Pocahontas County is recovering in stable condition in the hospital, authorities said.

According to State Police, Trooper First Class Josh Tallman fatally shot William Biggs, 43, of Marlinton, after Biggs shot him in the stomach.

Investigators said the incident happened Monday after a single-vehicle crash in Pocahontas County.

Pocahontas County Sheriff’ J.T. Barlow and a deputy arrived at the scene and were almost immediately under fire, a total of three shots. They were not injured, but called for backup.

Officers, deputies, and troopers scoured the nearby woods where the shots originated. Tallman, 30, who works out of the Elkins State Police detachment, was the first to encounter Biggs in the woods and was shot in the abdomen. Tallman immediately returned fire, killing Biggs.

Tallman was flown to WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after the shooting. He underwent surgery immediately and a second procedure Wednesday morning.

Tallman remained in stable condition Wednesday afternoon.

Biggs was a known figure to local law enforcement. However, it’s unclear what prompted the initial gunfire at around 6 p.m. Monday.

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