West Virginia state trooper leaves hospital after gunfight

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POCAHONTAS COUNTY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia state trooper has been released from the hospital after being shot in a gunfight during which he killed a man.

Photo: West Virginia State Police

News outlets report Trooper First Class J.M. Tallman left the hospital Tuesday. Officials say he will continue to recover at home.

Authorities say 43-year-old William Biggs shot a rifle at Pocahontas County Sheriff J.P. Barlow last week and then took off into the woods following a car crash.

Law enforcement from surrounding areas responded to the scene and began searching for Biggs.

When Tallman found him, police say Biggs shot him in the abdomen. Tallman returned fire, killing Biggs.

Tallman was airlifted to Ruby Memorial Hospital after the shooting. He underwent surgery in the days afterward.

Politicians in West Virginia have wished for Tallman's recovery, with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin saying he was praying for the trooper.

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.