CLAY COUNTY, West. Vir. (NBC) - A West Virginia State trooper is dead following a Tuesday night traffic stop that erupted with gunfire.
A tow truck driver and two other law enforcement officers were also shot before the gunman was killed.
The shootings were reported just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 79.
Sgt. Michael Baylous of the West Virginia State Police says the shootings happened after two state troopers pulled over the suspect for reckless driving.
When the suspect was arrested and put in the back of a cruiser, the man grabbed a gun and shot both troopers inside the vehicle, according to police.
Investigators say the suspect got out of the cruiser and then shot a tow truck driver who was called to the scene to pick up his car.
"The suspect's vehicle was being loaded onto a tow truck and the suspect had been placed under arrest, Captain R.D. Stonestreet of the State Patrol said. "He was in the cruiser. Somehow he managed to get out of his handcuffs or something and actually shot the troopers. Then he climbed outside the car and shot the tow truck driver."
One of the troopers was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other was flown to a hospital in nearby Charleston with critical injuries.
Several police agencies, as well as SWAT Teams, were called to the scene to help search for the suspect.
The suspect was located about 9:30 p.m. hiding in the area when a Roane County Sheriff's Deputy caught up with him.
Police say the suspect and deputy got into a shootout.
The deputy was shot.
He was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be okay.
The suspect was shot and killed.
"He the suspect was in an ambush position in a ditch and he popped up out of the ditch and he shot another deputy. He was subsequently shot," Captain Stonestreet said.
It's still unclear how the suspect was able to get a gun.
According to a news release issued by the West Virginia Sheriff's Association, the suspect was arrested for DUI.
According to a spokesperson with the West Virginia State Police, the Roane County Deputy underwent surgery early Wednesday morning and is doing well.
The tow truck driver was treated and released from the hospital just before 2 a.m. Wednesday and is now with family.
Family, friends and officers from all over the state gathered at CAMC General.
Dozens of cruisers lined the streets around the hospital in Charleston.
"All families are here at the hospital and they are doing as well as can be expected," Captain Stonestreet said. "Hold the families in their thoughts and prayers in their time of loss."
The names of the victims have not been released.