One of the troopers involved in a shootout that killed his partner, the suspect, and injured two others has passed away.
The West Virginia State Police announced that Trooper Eric Workman has died. He's been at the Charleston Area Medical Center since Tuesday.
"Trooper Workman was an outstanding young man with a promising future," said Colonel C. R. "Jay" Smithers in a press release. "It is unfortunate his life was cut short by this senseless and cowardly act. Our prayers continue to be with his family and friends. I am overwhelmed by the support the West Virginia State Police family is receiving during this difficult time."
According to the State Police, Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and Workman pulled over Luke Baber Tuesday, Aug. 28, after dispatcher's received a call about an erratic driver.
Bailey and Workman arrested Baber and put him in the back seat of their cruiser. While waiting on a tow truck, Baber, who was handcuffed in the front, took a hidden handgun and shot both troopers. William Massey with King's Wrecker Service was also shot by Baber, who then fled the scene.
Deputies with the Roane and Clay County Sheriff's Departments tracked down Baber. Roane Co. Deputy John Westfall exchanged fire with Baber, killing the suspect.
Workman joined the State Police in 2011. He started at the Grantsville Detachment before transferring to the Clay Detachment. Funeral arrangements have not been set. He is an organ donor.
"I met with Trooper Workman's family earlier this week, and I can honestly say without a doubt, West Virginia lost a very brave young man this afternoon," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "Joanne and I have held this family and the entire West Virginia State Police family in our prayers, and we will continue to pray for them in the days ahead. May God bless the men and women who wear the uniform and whose mission it is to protect us all."
A fund has been set up by the West Virginia Trooper's Association. Donations can be made to the Fallen Trooper fund through PayPal at www.wvtroopers.org. Check's can be sent to the Trooper's Association at 210 Chesapeake Ave., Charleston, WV 25311, or call (304) 345-9884 for more information.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., held a news conference Wednesday morning following the fatal shooting in Clay County that left one W.Va. State Trooper dead and another in critical condition.
Tomblin expressed how deeply moved he was throughout the night by the amount of police officers who were at Charleston Area Medical Center showing support for the four families of the shooting victims. (Click here to watch the news conference)
According to Tomblin, as of last night one of the officers is in critical condition. W.Va. State Police will be hosting a news conference at 2 p.m. to update information.
For more information on the news conference, click here.
Two West Virginia State Police troopers were involved in a deadly shootout Tuesday night.
The West Virginia State Police confirms that two troopers were involved in a shootout that killed one trooper, left another in critical condition, and left the shooter dead. A Roane County deputy and a tow trucker driver were also injured by gunfire.
The troopers stopped the suspect, whose name has not been released, at the Wallback park-and-ride on Interstate 79 in Clay County. When they approached the vehicle, the suspect started shooting, injuring one trooper and a tow truck driver and killing the other trooper.
A Roane County deputy tracked the suspect to a nearby barn, killing the suspect and taking a shot to the arm. The deputy's name has not been released.
The name of the tow truck driver has been released. According to sources at the scene, the tow truck driver was Frank Massey. Massey was shot in the arm and is expected to be released from the hospital.
"The thoughts and prayers of the West Virginia State Police are with the family of the fallen Trooper and with those who were injured," said State Police spokesman First Sgt. Michael Baylous in a prepared statement. "We will be releasing further information as it becomes available." (Click here to the full statement)
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., went to the Charleston Area Medical Center, where the injured were taken.
"Early this evening several police officers were shot in the line of duty in Clay County," Tomblin said in a prepared statement. "As we wait to hear from law enforcement and medical personnel on the conditions of these officers, Joanne and I hold them and their families in our prayers, and ask all West Virginians to join us. This tragedy reminds us of the sacrifices that our law enforcement officers make every day to keep us safe."
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A state trooper and a suspect are dead, and three others are injured after two gun fights Tuesday night.
West Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Baylous briefed media on tonight's shootings.
According to Baylous, two troopers pulled over the suspect at the Wallback park-and-ride and approached the car. While trying to subdue the subject he got a hold of a trooper's weapon and a gunfight started, wounding one trooper and killing the other.
The suspect fled to a nearby barn, when he was cornered by a Roane County deputy. After another gunfight, the suspect was killed and the deputy was wounded. Authorities say he was shot in the arm and his injuries are not life-threatening.
A wrecker driver was also shot. The driver's status is unknown.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin released a statement on the fatal shooting. Click here to read Tomblin's statement.
13 News confirms that out of the six people shot tonight, three were state troopers.
One troopers is confirmed dead, including the alleged gunman.
Kanawha County EMS confirms that I-79 at the Wallback exit is completely shut down.
13 News confirms that six people have been shot tonight, including three troopers. One of those troopers is dead.
The total of West Virginia State Police troopers shot tonight is now at three, one of whom is dead.
The status of the other two troopers is unknown. The troopers were part of the Clay County detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
The suspect hijacked a wrecker and took off, heading north in I-79.
West Virginia State Police are on the lookout for a man that shot two of their own.
According to sources, two troopers were shot in Clay County at the Wallback exit park-and-ride off of Interstate 79. Another victim was shot as well. Names have not been released, but all three are en route to hospitals.
Troopers and other law enforcement are in searching for suspect.