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NEW: Nicholas County deputies recovering after deadly standoff with elderly man

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Two Nicholas County deputies are in satisfactory condition at the hospital following a deadly standoff with an elderly man over the weekend.

As of Monday morning, Deputy Buddy Stapleton is listed in satisfactory condition.  Deputy Tommy Allison is listed as 'under evaluation', according to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Stapleton was shot in the leg and Allison was shot in the face during a four-hour long standoff, according to West Virginia State Police.

On Saturday, deputies responded to complaints of an argument between a neighbor and 84-year-old John Evans.

Stapleton was the first deputy on scene.  Investigators said Evans shot him in the leg with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Allison arrive a short time later for back-up.  Evans also shot him, causing injuries to his stomach and face.

Family members told State Police that Evans suffered from mental illness.

Authorities tried to get Evans to surrender peacefully, investigators said.  When Evans came outside with a shotgun, authorities shot and killed him.


Two Nicholas County deputies were shot by an elderly man in the area of Craigsville during a shootout.

According to P. K. Milam, Nicholas County Prosecutor, 84-year old John Evans had an argument with a neighbor who then called 911 at about 9 AM Saturday.

West Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous tells 13 News that Deputy Buddy Stapleton first responded to the call.  When Stapleton arrived, Evans shot him in the leg.

Baylous also tells us that when backup arrived, Deputy Tommy Allison was shot in the face.

According to Milam, Stapleton and Allison were both shot by Evans with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Milam says that Stapleton had a gunshot wound to the inner thigh, while Allison had a gunshot injury to the stomach and face, possibly from buckshot.

According to Milam, both Stapleton and Allison were taken to an area hospital and then flown to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Their injuries are non-life threatening, and they are both expected to make a full recovery.

Milam says Evans barricaded himself inside his house and responded to no one during a police standoff that lasted about four hours.  Several shots were fired by both Evans and police.

Finally, Evans came out his back door with a pump shotgun.  Police immediately shot him several times, killing him.

Sgt. Baylous says "it didn't have to happen this way," because police gave Evans several opportunities to negotiate, but Evans spoke to no one, not even his family.

Milam says that according to family members, Evans may have been suffering from mental illness, although he had never been diagnosed with any condition.

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