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.
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.
"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.