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UPDATE: WV state troopers, shooter identified

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Roane Co. Deputy Westfall has been upgraded to satisfactory from stable condition and is still recovering from surgery.

State Trooper Eric Workman remains in critical condition at CAMC in Charleston.






The West Virginia State Police gave new details and released the names of those involved in a deadly shooting that left a suspect and one trooper killed, another trooper in critical condition, and injuring as a Roane County deputy and a tow truck driver.

State Police Colonel C.R. "Jay" Smithers and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held a press conference at the State Police headquarters in South Charleston, W.Va.

According to Smithers, Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and Trp. Eric Michael Workman pulled over Luke Baber after dispatcher's received a call at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday evening about erratic driving by Baber.

After pulling over in his white Chevy Silverado truck, the troopers determined that Baber was under the influence and placed him under arrest and put him in the back seat of their cruiser. While waiting on King's Wrecker Service, Baber slipped out of his handcuffs, took a handgun, and shot both troopers.

William Massey with King's Wrecker Service approached the patrol car and was shot by Baber, who then fled the scene.

Deputies with the Roane and Clay County Sheriff's Departments tracked down Baber to a nearby barn. Roane Co. Deputy John Westfall found Baber in a ditch and exchanged fire, killing Baber.

Cpl. Bailey was killed and Trp. Workman is still in critical condition at the Charleston Area Medical Center. Tow truck driver Massey was injured, but released early Tuesday morning. Roane Co. Deputy Westfall is in stable condition after undergoing surgery. 


State Police Colonel C.R. "Jay" Smithers and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will hold a press conference at the State Police headquarters in South Charleston, W.Va., at 3 p.m. This website will livestream that press conference.

Questions remain more than half a day after a shootout left one West Virginia State Police trooper and the shooter dead, another trooper in critical condition, and two others injured.

According to the West Virginia Sheriff's Association, two troopers attempted to pull over a suspect at the Wallback park-and-ride on I-79 in Clay County for allegedly driving under the influence.

The troopers attempted to arrest the suspect but, according to the Associated Press, the suspect slipped out of his handcuffs, grabbed a trooper's gun, and shot both troopers, leaving one trooper dead and another in critical condition.  A tow truck driver was also injured by gunfire, but the driver's wounds were not life threatening.

Deputies with the from Clay and Roane counties tracked the suspect to a nearby barn where a Roane County deputy shot and killed the suspect who was hiding in a ditch. The deputy was also shot by the suspect, but with non-life threatening injuries.

The names of the troopers, suspect, deputy, and tow trucker driver have not been released. 

The State Police are planning a press conference for 2 p.m. at State Police headquarters in South Charleston. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin met with press this morning to address the shooting. He met with the families last night.

"In a situation like this I think they were still kind of in shock as you can imagine, getting the word that something that's happened to a loved one like what happened here last night," Tomblin said. "The families were supporting each other...one mother said 'this is what he did, this is what he always wanted to do.' And to have the outpouring of support from police officers from the whole region coming in last night and supporting the families I think was really comforting to the family members."

Other state elected officials sent statements of sympathy.

"Gayle and I were deeply saddened when we learned of this terrible incident and immediately prayed for the fallen officer, those who were injured, and their families," said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in a prepared statement.

"I'm heartbroken to hear about tonight's act of violence," said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller on Twitter. "My thoughts and prayers are with the #WVSP."

"I know I speak for every member of the House of Delegates in saying that our hearts ache for the loved ones of the State Police officer who lost his life in the line of duty, and we are praying for the officers who were injured and their families members," said House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne.

"Our prayers go out to the families of the two West Virginia State Police troopers injured and killed in the line of duty on Tuesday," said U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., on Twitter.

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