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State Police Identify Suspect Killed, Woman Wounded In Randolph Shooting
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Dec. 4, 2012 3:30 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 11:41 AM EST
Elkins, Randolph , West Virginia
West Virginia State Police have identified the people involved in a Randolph County shooting and police standoff that left one man dead and his ex-wife in critical condition.
Sgt. Michael Baylous says 52-year-old Jeffrey L. Zirkle was shot and killed by troopers after coming out of his home near Jimtown with a rifle Tuesday evening.
Troopers and relatives had tried to negotiate a peaceful surrender. But Baylous says the attempt failed and Zirkle posed an immediate threat.
Baylous says Zirkle shot his ex-wife, 49-year-old Elizabeth Smith, multiple times.
She drove about 5 miles to her mother's home in Coalton near an elementary school and called 911. The school was briefly locked down while the shooting was investigated.
Smith was in critical condition Wednesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
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.
Students at a Randolph County elementary school have been released from school while a standoff following a shooting occurs nearby.
Students at Coalton Elementary School, about 12 miles west of Elkins, were released about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
State Police said the shooting occurred at a house across from the school. The victim was taken to the hospital.
West Virginia State Police say an elementary school in Randolph County is on lockdown after a nearby shooting, but the children are not in any danger.
Sgt. Michael Baylous said the shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon at a house across from the Coalton Elementary school, about 12 miles west of Elkins.
Baylous says details about the shooting are unclear, but the victim was able to call 911 and has been taken to a hospital. The shooter is believed to be inside the house, and police are now in a standoff.
Baylous said children will be kept inside the school for now, where they are safe.
He said authorities will release more information when they can.
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