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One dead in standoff

Police fatally injure shooting suspect

December 5, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A man who allegedly shot a woman multiple times is dead after a standoff with police in Jimtown Tuesday.

West Virginia State Police and the Randolph County Sheriff's Department responded to a residence in Coalton after being notified that a woman who had been shot twice called 911 at 2 p.m.

According to reports, police engaged in a standoff with the shooting suspect at a home in Jimtown at about 6:15 p.m. As the suspect exited the house with a weapon, he was fatally wounded by the police, 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous of the West Virginia State Police said.

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West Virginia State Police troopers retrieve assault rifles from their cruisers as they prepare to look for a suspect who allegedly shot a woman twice on Tuesday. Officers responded to a home in Coalton, but the suspect had reportedly already fled the scene. The suspect was shot and killed by police following a standoff at a residence in Jimtown.

Police spent the afternoon piecing together what happened and locating the alleged shooter.

Five state police cruisers were on the scene at about 2:30 p.m. at a green and white trailer in Coalton near Broadway Avenue, where it was reported the victim called 911. One person was taken from the home and placed into a Randolph County Emergency Squad ambulance. A landing zone for a Life Flight emergency transport helicopter was set up in a field across the road from Coalton Elementary School by the Coalton Volunteer Fire Department.

Communications from the Randolph County 911 Center reported that the victim had been shot twice, once in the back of the head and once in the "lower flank" near the kidneys.

Police were seen talking with several people gathered at the home who began pointing to the main road leading away from Coalton. Several troopers then went to their vehicles and retrieved large, assault-type weapons from the trunks. Two cruisers, each carrying two officers, then left in the direction indicated by residents.

People gathered on the scene reported that the suspect fled the Coalton residence on an ATV before police arrived. They also reported the victim drove herself to the residence after being shot.

According to a Randolph County deputy on scene, the alleged shooter was at the Jimtown residence and police were "working to bring him into custody."

Flatbed truck operators with Bill's Auto were seen at the Coalton residence loading a green Dodge Neon with windows that looked to have been broken out. One of the operators told The Inter-Mountain he was picking up the car on behalf of the State Police.

Around 5:30 p.m., an Inter-Mountain reporter saw several troopers and deputies parked along Jimtown Road. The officers were visibly armed and appeared to be searching for someone. There were also police cruisers along the Coalton-Mabie road and near the main road near "Punkintown Hill."

Around 6:15 p.m. scanner traffic stated, "He is down inside the house," and an ambulance was requested to come to the scene.

Further details, including the names of the victim and the suspect, were not immediately released, and information on the victim's health was unavailable at presstime.

Randolph County Schools Superintendent Dr. James Phares said Coalton Elementary School was placed on lockdown around 2:10 p.m. and remained on lockdown until around 3:15 p.m., when local law enforcement said it was safe to release the students.

"It was reported to us there was an unapprehended suspect in the neighborhood," Phares said. "All the kids were safe. The shooting was not in close proximity to the school."

Phares said the school's crisis management plan was put into effect as soon as the principal knew of the situation.



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