MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The recovery continues for a state trooper shot in the line of duty¬†a week ago.

West Virginia State Police

Josh Tallman

Trooper First Class Josh Tallman, 30, underwent a third surgical procedure Monday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, according to the West Virginia State Police spokesperson Captain Shallon Oglesby.

Oglesby said Tallman’s recovery has gone so well and it’s possible he could be released either late Monday or Tuesday, barring any complications with the most recent procedure.

Tallman was shot in the lower abdomen in Pocahontas County near the community of Edray after responding to a call from the Pocahontas County sheriff for assistance. The sheriff and a deputy had come under gunfire while investigating an wrecked vehicle which had been abandoned.

Tallman, of the Elkins detachment, and other law enforcement entered the nearby woods in search of the gunman, William Biggs, 43, of Marlinton, who shot Tallman first. Tallman returned fire and killed Biggs.

Tallman was carried out of the woods by police officers. He was taken by helicopter to Marlinton and then on to Ruby.

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