CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Police say critical incidents like those Tuesday in Logan and Randolph counties are part of the job but that they rely on training to get them through.
A reportedly suicidal man opened fire on troopers Tuesday morning when they responded to his White's Addition Road in Logan.
John Watkins, 24, fired one shot at officers with a .22 caliber pistol. He missed and officers were able to take him into custody. He was charged with wanton endangerment.
It was a different story in Elkins Tuesday evening.
Troopers there shot and killed Jeffrey Zirkle, 52, at his home near Jimtown after a standoff.
Zirkle, who was believed to have been intoxicated, shot his ex-wife, Elizabeth Smith, 49, multiple times before holing up in his home, said Sgt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman.
That incident remains under investigation. Baylous said troopers still are not sure what prompted the incident.
Officers were contacted just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Smith, who was critically wounded, drove herself to her mother's home near Coalton Elementary School to call for help. She remained in critical condition Wednesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Troopers went to Zirkle's home where they tried to talk him into coming out. Family members also tried to get Zirkle to surrender to law enforcement, Baylous said.
"They discussed it with him numerous times, telling him to come out of the home without a weapon," Baylous said.
Zirkle came out of the house about 5:45 p.m. armed with a rifle, the sergeant said. One trooper fired at Zirkle. That trooper, whose name was not released, is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, Baylous said.
He didn't know how many shots were fired.