UPDATE: Fundraiser Thursday for Fallen Troopers' Families

By: Anna Baxter, Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Anna Baxter, Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/20/12 @ 1:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A business in the Kanawha Valley is looking to help the families of two fallen state troopers.

The Chick-Fil-A at Southridge is sponsoring a fundraiser Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A portion of their sales will go to the families of Corporal Michael Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman.

They were shot and killed during a traffic stop along I-79 in Wallback last month.



UPDATE 9/18/12 @ 9 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Nitro Moose Lodge has teamed up with the West Virginia Troopers Association to raise money for the two families of the troopers who were killed in the line of duty.

The Nitro Moose Lodge is planning a spaghetti dinner on October 6 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Donations will also be accepted.

The proceeds will go directly to the families of Trooper Eric Workman and Corporal Marshall Bailey. They were shot and killed on August 28 during a traffic stop in Roane County.

The event is opened to the public. If you're interested in attending, you can buy tickets at the moose lodge's in Nitro, Charleston and St. Albans. Tickets are also on sale at a variety of Nitro businesses.



UPDATE: 9/15/12 @ 12:20 a.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of helping families came to support two West Virginia State Troopers killed in the line of duty.

The South Charleston Memorial Ice Area hosted a fundraiser Saturday. The proceeds go directly to the families of Trooper Eric Workman and Corporal Marshall Bailey.

For $10, everyone got to skate and have fun on the ice. There was also a silent auction and raffle.

Organizers say it's an event to show support for those who protect and serve.

"The people of this state are just great people and they just come together in times of need and help each other out," Sergeant Gary Martin said. "That's what we're seeing here. The community is really supporting this. People are coming out to donate money."

Troopers say the families of the victims are grateful for the outpouring of support.



UPDATE 9/2/12@ 11 p.m.
POCA, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- A community grieving the loss of a hero came together to pay its final respects Sunday afternoon. A funeral procession brought Corporal Marshall Bailey home, where a tight-knit crowd waited to say goodbye.

"Our hearts are all in one place, and that's with Trooper Bailey today," Poca resident Harold Landers said.

"He was a really nice man and would do anything to help anybody," Renae Burford said. "That's why he decided to become a police officer."

The solemn and elaborate procession started outside the Charleston Civic Center, following a public visitation. It stretched several city blocks before making its way to Poca, where onlookers patiently awaited the return of their hometown trooper.

"It hurts to know someone ends up giving their life just by doing their job," Chris Burdette said. "I do really appreciate Cpl. Bailey's sacrifice and the representation he's given my town."

Police and firefighters stood guard, grieving alongside the people they serve - but beginning the healing process together.

"Poca is a small town, so everybody comes together in solidarity," Jennifer Rader said. "It helps the families and it helps everyone. This is the beginning to move forward now."

Cpl. Bailey was buried in a family cemetery along Poca River Road in a private ceremony.

A public visitation for Trooper Eric Workman - the other officer who lost his life in Tuesday's shooting - will be held this Wednesday at the Civic Center at 2 p.m. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Clay County High School.



UPDATE 9/2/12 @ 5:20 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) – Signs of support: police cars, brothers and sisters in uniform, and friends.

But Jimmy Rapp is feeling empty. It’s a sad reality knowing his friend and workout partner, Cpl. Marshall Bailey isn’t coming home.

"It's just so unreal you don't want to believe it, you know. I still can't believe it," said Jimmy Rapp, a friend of Cpl. Bailey.

Forever changed in the blink of an eye. Saying goodbye and honoring a brave man killed in the line of duty on Tuesday night.

"He's going to be greatly missed. I mean, he was just a super nice guy. You know, he tried to give everybody a chance," said Rapp.

Coming to pay final respects to a hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice -- a man many call a brother.

"I think instantly everyone else in law enforcement thinks, you know, 'what if that was me?' 'what if that was my family suffering?' and you just want to reach out and support your brothers," said Gary Olcott of the Department of Homeland Security.

And that family sentiment is clear even to onlookers.

Steve Adkins was just visiting the area when he saw officers coming together as one, something he called encouraging.

"Just an amazing display of family -- that when one goes down, it hurts everybody. It hurts all the families involved because police officers are out serving people and putting their life on the line everyday,” said Steve Adkins, a visitor from Pittsburgh.

While they salute and remember their fallen brother and friend, they know Cpl. Bailey has left a lasting legacy behind.

"I'm really going to miss him come Monday morning when we go to lift weights. Yeah, I'm still going to go because he wouldn't want me to quit," said Rapp.

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UPDATE 8/31/12 @ 10:30 p.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Community members have created a makeshift memorial for two fallen West Virginia State Troopers near the scene of the deadly shooting that took their lives.

Folks have been bringing items like flowers, flags, wreaths, and candles to the Park and Ride by the Wallback exit of I-79 in Roane County.

That's where Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman were shot to death by Luke Baber Tuesday night. Cpl. Bailey died on-scene and Trooper Workman was pronounced dead Friday after he was removed from life support at CAMC.

Cecil Woods lives near the scene of the crime and says he was one of the first people to contribute to the makeshift memorial. "It's expanded and grown so much [already]," he said. "It's on every rock along the Park and Ride."

Woods says he posted a picture of the flowers he brought there online and saw an overwhelming response from the community since then.

"Keep the flowers coming, and the candles and flags," he said. "It really shows the love people have around here."

Community members say they're happy to see the makeshift memorial but are hoping to see something more permanent created in the troopers' honor soon.



UPDATE 8/31/12 @ 6:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A second state trooper has died following injuries he received during a shooting earlier this week in Clay County, W.Va.

West Virginia State Police say Trooper Eric Michael Workman passed away Friday at CAMC in Charleston.

Trooper Workman was critically wounded on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, when he and Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey were shot during a traffic stop along W.Va. Route 36 just off of Interstate 79, Exit 34 - Wallback/Clay, in Roane County, West Virginia. Corporal Marshall Bailey died at the scene.

Trooper Workman enlisted in the West Virginia State Police on Jan. 10, 2011. He was assigned to the Grantsville Detachment upon graduating from the West Virginia State Police Academy and had been recently transferred to the Clay Detachment. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Trooper Workman's family would like to inform the public that he is an organ donor. It is the family's sincere hope that even in his death, his selfless service to others will continue by providing others an opportunity to live a fruitful life.

Col. C. R. "Jay" Smithers released the following statement about the passing of Trooper Workman:

"He was an outstanding young man with a promising future. 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."

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UPDATE 8/31/12 @ 10:54 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family and friends will gather this weekend to honor the life of a West Virginia State Trooper killed in the line of duty.

Corporal Marshall Bailey, of Poca, was killed this week during a traffic stop in Clay County.

A candlelight vigil will be held Friday night at Poca High School at 8:30 p.m. Organizers say it will be a time to honor his life and the public is invited to attend.

Then, a memorial service will be held at the Charleston Civic Center Sunday at 2 p.m. Bailey will be laid to rest at a family cemetery along Poca River Road in Putnam County.

According to a news release, beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday morning, Clendenin Street will be closed between Lee and Quarrier streets between the Civic Center and the Charleston Town Center Mall. Police officials say they expect traffic around the Civic Center – on Pennsylvania Avenue, Lee and Quarrier streets – to be very heavy after 1 p.m. as law enforcement officials from throughout the region join others to honor Cpl. Bailey.

Following the memorial service, portions of Lee and Quarrier streets and Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed temporarily while the funeral and law enforcement procession leaves the Civic Center and heads toward Poca.

Drivers should expect the procession to affect westbound traffic along Interstate 64. According to the news release, authorities estimate that the processional will begin sometime around 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.

The other state trooper, Eric Workman who was also shot Tuesday remains critical condition at CAMC General in Charleston.

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UPDATE 8/30/12 @ 7:00 p.m.
CLAY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In the town of Clay, you can't walk into a store or even down the street without hearing the names Marshall Bailey and Eric Workman: the two state troopers shot Tuesday night.

Many are mourning Bailey's death and hoping and praying for Workman to pull through.

The town is decorated in black and blue ribbons and signs showing support for their families.

Nearly every person has a personal connection with at least one of the two men.

Close family friends of Workman say when one hurts, they all hurt.

“To see him laying in bed on life support is very difficult for them (Workman’s parents) and everybody else in their family and everybody in the community,” Mike Pierson said. “Everybody thought a lot of Eric.”

Through all the grief and heartache, there's also joy that the tow truck driver who was shot, William Massey -- who everybody calls Frank, is home and doing well.

There’s also hope for the quick recovery of John Westfall, a Roane County sheriff’s deputy, who is still in the hospital.



UPDATE 8/29/12 @ 11 p.m.
FAYETTE COUNTY W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A gunman who shot five people Tuesday night and killed a West Virginia State trooper had a troubling criminal history of violent behavior.

Court papers say it wasn't the first time that Luke Baber, 22, of Fayette County, pulled a gun on police officers. They say he threatened to shoot his parents in their Oak Hill home in 2009. When responding officers arrived, police say he pointed his gun at them "in attempt to get law enforcement to kill him."

He didn't pull the trigger then, but Tuesday night he did -- after state police pulled him over for reckless driving about 8:30 p.m. Police say he shot three officers and a tow truck driver.

Friends and neighbors of Baber say they're shocked by his actions and that they never saw any indication of violent behavior from him.

"We still can't believe what happened or why it happened," neighbor Tammy Conley said. "We're still in shock."

Conley says Baber was good friends with her son and had stayed with them in her home for the past few weeks.

"He wasn't a mean person ... to my knowledge everyone liked him," she said. "We loved him to death ... he was like a second son to me."

Others shared her grief and disbelief. Brian Hamilton says he grew up next to Baber and had been his best friend since age 12.

He says they had plans to go fishing together Tuesday night but had to cancel them. He now wishes he could take it back.

"If we went fishing, that would have never happened to him or the police or anyone, he said. "It would have been better for everyone all around."

Conley says she's still struggling with unanswered questions. "The hardest thing is not knowing why he did it ... what was going through his head to make him do something like this," she said.

According to Baber's criminal complaint, he was also charged with trying to cash an unauthorized check in his parents' name for more than $1,000.

He was also previously charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs.



UPDATE 8/29/12 @ 2:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We are learning more about a shooting that killed a West Virginia State trooper and injured two other officers and a tow truck driver.

It happened about 8:30 Tuesday night at the Wallback park and ride off I-79 in Clay County, W.Va.

Luke Baber, 22, was pulled over by West Virginia State Police for reckless driving.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Colonel Jay Smithers with WVSP says Baber was intoxicated. They put him in the back of the cruiser.

Colonel Smithers said Baber had a 9mm pistol hidden on him, he pulled it out and shot Corporal Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman.

They were both unresponsive when a tow truck driver arrived on scene to tow away Baber's vehicle.

WVSP say Baber took Trooper Workman's gun after shooting him and used the gun to shoot William Massey. Massey is a tow truck driver with King's Wrecker Service. He was shot in the arm, but able to get away to call for help.

Corporal Bailey died from his injuries.

Trooper Workman was taken to a Charleston hospital where he is on life support and in extremely critical condition.

Investigators say Baber ran off after the shootings. Deputies from Clay and Roane counties were able to catch up with him in a wooded area.

A shootout occurred and Baber was shot and killed.

Roane County Sheriff's Deputy John Westfall was hurt during the shootout. He is still in the hospital, but is expected to be okay.

Colonel Smithers says Baber stole the vehicle from Oak Hill, W.Va., and they believe he was on his way to Morgantown to meet his sister.

Smithers says Baber did have a criminal record. He was charged with domestic battery, domestic assault, obstructing an officer and illegally possessing Xanax in December 2009.

According to the criminal complaint, Baber pulled a gun on his mother and father at home and threatened to shoot. them. Baber was also accused of pulling the gun on responding officers in attempt to get them to kill him.

Baber was also charged in January 2012 with trying to cash an unauthorized check in his parents' name of more than $1,000.

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UPDATE 8/29/12 @ 10:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two law enforcement officers are still recovering after they were shot during an incident in Roane County.

The shootings were reported just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday near a park and ride along Interstate 79.

Sgt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police tells WSAZ.com 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 the suspect's car.

"The suspect's vehicle was being loaded onto a tow truck and the suspect had been placed under arrest, Captain R.D. Stonestreet, WVSP 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 CAMC General in Charleston with critical injuries.

Several police agencies, as well as SWAT Teams, were called to the scene to help search for the suspect.

Baylous tells WSAZ.com 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 OK.

During this shootout, 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.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., released the following statement:

“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. Our law enforcement and first responders perform an amazing job each and every day, never blinking in the sight of danger. We join with fellow West Virginians as we continue to keep these officers and their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

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."

Gov. Earl Tomblin arrived at the hospital shortly after the victims arrived in Charleston to speak with the officers and the victims' families. The governor has ordered all U.S. and State flags displayed at State facilities be immediately lowered to half-staff until further notice in honor of a fallen West Virginia State Police Trooper.

"The men and women who serve in uniform are always there for us and we can never take that for granted. Today I ask all West Virginians, when you see law enforcement officers, please thank them. Take a moment to shake their hands and say 'thank you', because they work every day to keep our families and our communities safe," Gov. Tomblin said. "Joanne and I continue to pray for these brave men and women and ask that all West Virginians join us."

"A situation like this is tough on everyone. Not only your law enforcement officers-- you know the emergency response personnel-- the ambulance drivers-- the doctors and nurses that work at the hospital-- as you see behind me there's several police officers behind me from you know, several local agencies-- not only state but county and city as well-- and including a few federal agents as well-- it's tough on us," Captain Stonestreet said. "It really is, because it's like losing a family member."

The names of the victims have not been released.

Statement from the West Virginia Sheriff's Association
It is incidents like these that remind us of the dangers of entering a law enforcement career. It is not just a job, it is a way of life. Our men and women in uniform make a conscious decision every day to put their lives on the line to protect all of us. It doesn’t matter if you wear green, blue, or black- You are a family. Those involved are in our thoughts and prayers and we ask everyone to take the time and thank those in uniform today for their service.

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UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A West Virginia State Police Trooper has been shot and killed in the line of duty, and two other law enforcement officers and a tow truck driver have been hurt.

The shootings were reported just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday near a park and ride along Interstate 79 in Clay County.

Sgt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police tells WSAZ.com 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, according to Sgt. Baylous.

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 the suspect's car.

The tow truck driver and the officer that survived were flown to CAMC General in Charleston. The officer has critical injuries, according to police.

Several police agencies, as well as SWAT Teams, were called to the scene to help search for the suspect.

Baylous tells WSAZ.com 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 OK.

During this shootout, the suspect was shot and killed.

It's still unclear how the suspect was able to get a gun.

Family, friends and officers from all over the state are now gathered at CAMC General. Dozens of cruisers are now lining the streets around the hospital in Charleston.

Gov. Earl Tomblin has also arrived at the hospital.

Earlier Tuesday night, Kanawha County Metro 911 reported that I-79 was closed at the Wallback exit. It has since reopened.

We have a crew in Clay County and at the hospital in Charleston. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

Statement from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
"Early this evening several police officers were shot in the line of duty in Clay County. 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."



ORIGINAL STORY
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two West Virginia State Police troopers have been shot Tuesday night in the Wallback area of Clay County, Metro 911 dispatchers in Kanawha County tell WSAZ.com.

The shootings were reported just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday near a park and ride along Interstate 79. Metro 911 reports that I-79 is closed at the Wallback exit.

Just after 9 p.m., it was reported that another officer had been shot, and the suspect had been killed.

Those latter shootings happened on Route 36 between Clay and Wallback.

It was unknown which agency the third law enforcement officer represents.

There is no word on the conditions of the officers.

Other details are unavailable now.

We have a crew at the scene.

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