(08/30/2012)

Trooper Marshall Bailey (left) Trooper Eric Workman (right)

WEDNESDAY 11 AM 8/30/12 - Family members have released the identity of the WV state trooper killed by a gunman Tuesday night as Marshall Bailey of Poca.

Law enforcement sources and West Virginia State University officials identified the critically wounded trooper as Eric Workman, who was previously assigned to Calhoun County.

Roane County Sheriff Mike Harper identified his wounded deputy as John Westfall (left) who has been with the department about six months.

Westfall is also a part-time member of the Spencer Police Department.

"He's going to be fine. He took one [bullet] in the abdomen, but he had his vest on, which I believe saved his life," said Sheriff Mike Harper.

Westfall was also shot in the arm and hand, Harper said.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff and there was an outpouring of support Wednesday following a shooting that claimed the life of a state trooper, critically wounding another trooper and a Roane County sheriff's deputy.

The incident unfolded about 8:30 pm on I-79 and the Wallback exit in Clay County near the Roane County line.

The suspect, identified by news sources as Luke Baber (right) of Oak Hill, was shot and killed in the incident.

West Virginia State Police Spokesman 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous says the troopers were shot after conducting a traffic stop for reckless driving.

That's when the suspect obtained a weapon at the Park and Ride at the Wallback I-79 exit, and shot the troopers.

A tow truck driver from Clay, Frank Massey, was also shot when he responded to the scene. Massey was shot in the arm, reportedly when he was commencing to tow the suspect's car. He has been released from the hospital.

The suspect fled, reportedly on foot to a nearby barn, but was later encountered by a Roane County Sheriff's Deputy John Westfall.

Westfall engaged the suspect with gunfire, killing him.

11 PM UPDATE 8/29/12 - A WV State Trooper has died from gunshot wounds inflicted by a man officers reportedly stopped at the Wallback I-79 Interchange (Clay-Roane County line).

The suspect in the shooting is also dead. He has been identified as Luke Baber of Oak Hill.

A second trooper was critically injured and is in CAMC. Earlier TV reports said he had expired, but that was not correct.

Both troopers are reportedly from the Clay Detachment.

A third officer, a Roane County deputy sheriff was also shot when he reportedly caught up with the shooter and gunfire erupted a short distance away.

The Roane deputy reportedly does not have life threatening injuries.

All of the injured were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Sgt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police says the shootings happened after the 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 from Kings Wrecker in Clay who was called to the scene to pick up the suspect's car. He was taken to the hospital.

Dozens of officers responded from the region to Wallback, where investigators secured the crime scene.

9 PM - News sources say several people have been shot related to an incident at Wallback's I-79 exit (Clay-Roane County line) at the park and ride, with two State Policeman shot and one dead, and a Roane County Deputy Sheriff also being shot.

The dead trooper is reportedly attached to Clay County.

WCHS Channel 8 is reporting that a suspect in the incident has been shot and killed.

While details are unclear, reports say two state troopers pulled over the suspect and he somehow got a hold of a firearm and shot the two officers, one fatally.

The other trooper been flown to CAMC General with life-threatening injuries.

After the man left the scene, reports say a Roane County Sheriff's Deputy caught up with the suspect and shots were fired.

That's when police say the suspect was shot and killed. The Roane County Deputy was injured during the pursuit, but his injuries do not appear life threatening.

It is believed that the shooter was armed with a gun he took from one of the troopers, according to one report, while another report indicated he was armed.

The incident, at some point in time, involved a King's tow truck driver from Clay, who was also reportedly shot.

Early reports said the suspect was believed to be a 20-year-old man from Oak Hill.

Early reports confused the location between Big Otter and Wallback.


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