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UPDATE: Police release more details on deadly trooper shooting

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Corporal Marshall Lee Bailey Corporal Marshall Lee Bailey
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CHARLESTON (WVVA) - The West Virginia State Police have released more details in the chain of events that left one trooper shot dead and another in 'extremely critical' condition.

Police say Luke Baber, 22, of Oak Hill shot troopers Marshall Lee Bailey and Eric Michael Workman while handcuffed in the back of their patrol car. Baber apparently used a gun he had in his possession prior to his arrest.

Bailey died at the scene. Workman is in extremely critical condition at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Baber had been pulled over for reckless driving in Clay County.

A Roane County deputy and tow truck driver were also wounded by Baber before he was fatally shot by officers. Their injuries are non life-threatening.

A press conference was held Wednesday afternoon detailing Tuesday night's chain of events. Following are the events as released by the West Virginia State Police:

CHARLESTON -- Last night at approximately 7:30 p.m., two West Virginia State Troopers pulled over a car for reckless driving at the Wallback Park and Ride off of I-79 in Clay County. The suspect, Mr. Luke Baber of Oak Hill, W.Va. from was taken into custody and placed in the back of a State Police cruiser. While the two Troopers were awaiting a wrecker to tow the suspect's vehicle, it is believed that Mr. Baber shot both officers with a gun he had in his possession when he was apprehended.

Several minutes later, King's Wrecker Service arrived on the scene. The driver of the wrecker, William Massey, was shot in the arm by Mr. Baber but he was able to escape and call for help within minutes. Mr. Baber then fled the scene on foot. A short time later, Sheriff Deputies from Clay and Roane County encountered Mr. Baber in a wooded area at which time gunfire was exchanged, resulting in the suspect's death.

Corporal Marshall Lee Bailey died at the scene as a result of the injuries he received. Trooper Eric Michael Workman was also shot; he was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center, where he is currently listed in critical condition. Roane County Deputy Sheriff John Westfall was also injured. Deputy Westfall was shot by the suspect in a wooded area shortly before Mr. Baber was killed. He was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center; his injuries appear to be non-life threatening, and his condition is currently being evaluated.  

"This has been a very difficult day for our law enforcement community. This afternoon, I'd ask all West Virginians to pray for the family of the courageous State Police Trooper who was killed in the line of duty, and for the other three individuals who were injured and remain in the hospital," said Gov. Tomblin. "This terrible tragedy reminds us of the sacrifices our law enforcement officers make every day to keep us safe. Please keep them in your prayers."

"First and foremost, I'd like thank all of the local and federal agencies who assisted in our efforts to locate the suspect. We had an outpouring of support, and we're very appreciative of the collaborative effort that helped us located Mr. Baber so quickly," said Col. Smithers. "This afternoon, I'd ask all West Virginias to pray for the family of Corporal Bailey. I'd also ask folks to continue to pray for the other individuals who were injured."

The Governor's Office and the West Virginia State Police will continue to provide information as it becomes available. 


Sources have identified the man who shot and killed a West Virginia State Trooper as Luke Baber of Oak Hill.  Authorities say Baber slipped out of his handcuffs and shot two troopers while being arrested for drunken driving. 

He was pulled over at the Wallback park-and-ride off Interstate 79 in Clay County around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. State Police Captain R.D. Stonestreet says the suspect got out of the cuffs, grabbed a gun and shot the troopers while in the back of the cruiser. One trooper died at the scene and the other is in critical condition. The suspect then shot a tow truck driver and fled.

Stonestreet says the suspect hid in a ditch and ambushed a Roane County deputy, injuring him. The suspect was shot and killed.

The man then fled on foot and setup an ambush in a ditch. Approximately one hour later he opened fire on a Roane County sheriff's deputy who was searching for him, wounding the deputy in the arm, hand, and stomach. The injured deputy was able to return fire, killing the subject.

The trooper killed is 42-year-old Marshall Bailey.  He is survived by his three children, his brother and parents.  It's the first fatal shooting involving a West Virginia trooper in 19 years.

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