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Man Critically Wounded After Being Shot by Elkins Police


State police say officers shot a man in Elkins after he pointed a handgun at them.


State police say 25-year-old Preston L. Burrows was critically injured and was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.


The incident began around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when a resident called 911 and reported that a man was banging on his door and shouting that he would kill himself if the door wasn’t opened.

An Elkins officer encountered the man carrying a handgun near the residence. Two State Police troopers and another Elkins officer then arrived on the scene.


State Police First Sergeant G.L. Stalnaker says the man demanded that the officers shoot him, and became upset when they didn’t. He then pointed the gun at them.