EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTwo Deputies Shot During Standoff In Nicholas County Suspect Killed
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Reported by: Dave Benton
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Also Contributing: Katy Brown
Reported: Jul. 6, 2013 10:46 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 17, 2013 10:01 PM EDT
Beaver , Nicholas County , West Virginia
A community was left in shock after a fight between neighbors turned into a deadly shooting in Nicholas County Saturday.
I was down here at the car wash and heard guns shots go off,” bystander Cody Brooks said.
Deputies got a call at about 9 a.m. that John Evans, 84, had a gun and had been arguing with a neighbor.
When deputies got on the scene, they said Evans shot two of them. Buddy Stapleton was shot in the leg and Tommy Allison was hit in the face and stomach. The deputies were taken to the hospital and were expected to pull through, but the standoff continued.
He'd go to the window or go to a door and fire, then move somewhere else in house and fire again,” Sgt Michael Baylous, of West Virginia State Police, said.
After four hours of trying to get him to surrender, Evans finally came out of the house.
Eventually, he came out the back door with a weapon in hand, Baylous said.
Officers shot him and, as a result, he died. We tried to get him to surrender peacefully, but this was a decision he made. State Police said Evans had a medical history with health problems, but would not release details.
A fight between neighbors turned into a deadly shooting in Nicholas County Saturday.
Nicholas County deputies, West Virginia State Police and many other first responders spent the majority of the morning and afternoon on Little Trail Road in Beaver after two Nicholas County deputies were shot.
The incident started after neighbors called 911 saying John Evans, 84, was arguing with them and had a gun.
Nicholas County deputies responded to the call and when they approached the door, they said Evans fired, hitting Deputy Buddy Stapleton in the leg and then Deputy Tommy Allison in the face and stomach. Both deputies were taken to a Charleston hospital and are doing well and expected to pull through.
Back at the house, police fired several rounds after Evans barricaded himself inside his home and fired dozens of shots at police. After a nearly four-hour standoff, police said the suspect was shot and killed when he exited the home with a shotgun in his hands.
Police planned to remain on scene Saturday night to make sure all bases are covered.
Many people in Beaver knew Evans and found it hard to believe that not only was he in a standoff with police, but that he allegedly shot two deputies.
State Police said Evans did have a medical history with health problems, but would not release details.
This is just the latest in a string of shootings where police have been injured or killed.
Just this past spring, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot and killed while he sat in in his SUV on his lunch break.
The suspect, Tennis Maynard, was in court last month and has been charged with murder, attempted first degree murder and fleeing.
And almost a year ago, the West Virginia State Police lost two of their own.
Trooper Eric Workman and Cpl Marshal Bailey were both shot and killed at the Walback Park and Ride. Police said Luke Baber shot the two officers who pulled him over during a traffic stop.
He also shot Roane County Deputy John Westfall and tow truck driver Frank Massey. Both of those men survived.
Baber was killed in a gunfight with deputies later that night.
Nicholas County Prosecutor P.K. Milam confirmed that the suspect in a Nicholas County standoff that injured two officers has been shot and killed
Milam said deputies responded to a call that John Evans, 84, was arguing with neighbors and he had a gun.
Deputy Buddy Stapleton responded and was shot in the leg.
Deputy Tommy Allison responded as well, and was shot in the face and in the stomach.
Both deputies are in the hospital and are doing well.
Milam said Evans' goal 'was to kill.' Two deputies have been shot in Nicholas County during a standoff.
Not many details have been released, but we are told that it is at Little Trail Road in Beaver. That is near Craigsville.
We are told both of the deputies were shot with a shotgun and have been flown to a hospital.
The suspect is still inside the home.
A staging area has been set up at the Little Beaver Family Clinic.
We have a crew on the scene. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more information.
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