CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. — Two deputies with the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department were recovering at Charleston Area Medical Center Saturday afternoon after being shot Saturday morning during a standoff near Craigsville.
The almost four hour long standoff ended early Saturday afternoon when a suspect, identified as John Evans, 84, of Nicholas County, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers.
Emergency officials said Evans had barricaded himself in his home after 9 a.m. Saturday after allegedly wounding Deputy Richard Tommy Allison from Richwood, who was shot in the stomach and face, and Deputy Hansford “Buddy” Stapleton from Summersville, who was shot in the leg.
Nicholas County authorities said the two deputies had initially responded to a call about an argument involving Evans and at least one of his neighbors.
Witness reports indicated more than two dozen law enforcement officers were involved.