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UPDATE: ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia State Police have identified the people involved in a Randolph County shooting and police standoff that left one man dead and his ex-wife in critical condition.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says 52-year-old Jeffrey L. Zirkle was shot and killed by troopers after coming out of his home near Jimtown with a rifle Tuesday evening.

Troopers and relatives had tried to negotiate a peaceful surrender. But Baylous says the attempt failed and Zirkle posed an immediate threat.

Baylous says Zirkle shot his ex-wife, 49-year-old Elizabeth Smith, multiple times.

She drove about 5 miles to her mother's home in Coalton near an elementary school and called 911. The school was briefly locked down while the shooting was investigated.

Smith was in critical condition Wednesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

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ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia State Police say a standoff is over after troopers shot and killed a shooting suspect near Elkins.

Police arrived at the home Tuesday after a shooting victim was able to call 911. The victim was taken to the hospital, and a standoff ensued between police and the shooter, who remained inside the home.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says the suspect eventually came out of the house with a weapon. He says the suspect posed a threat, and he was shot and killed.
Further details, including the shooting victims' names, were not immediately released.

The nearby Coalton Elementary School was locked down as a precaution after the first shooting. School officials say children were never in danger. They were allowed to go home before the standoff ended.

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