Trooper Shooting Update: No Improvement for Injured Trooper
Update: 3:59 PM
Funeral arrangements set for State Trooper Marshall Bailey:
Visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 31, 2012.
The funeral will be held at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home in Poca, WV.
A funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 01, 2012 at the Charleston Civic Center.
The West Virginia State Police trooper, shot by a suspect on Tuesday is still in critical condition at Charleston Area Medical Center while work to plan a funeral for another State Police trooper continues.
West Virginia State Police Spokesperson Sgt. Michael Baylous said Thursday morning Trooper Eric Workman from Clay County remained in a coma and on life support.
“We need people to continue with their prayers and concerns and we need prayer for strength,“ Sgt. Baylous said.
Trooper Eric Workman
Sgt. Baylous says video from the cruiser shows Luke Baber, age 22, from Fayette County was patted down during his arrest for reckless driving in a stolen pickup truck Tuesday night near the Wallback exit off Interstate 79.
Later, though, Baber was able to get to a 9 mm handgun he was carrying and shot the two troopers who had arrested him from the back of the cruiser. Both were shot in the head and neck areas.
Sgt. Baylous says it looks like the troopers just missed the gun during the search.
“That happens,“ he said. “How many times do we see, almost on a daily basis, where someone is going through a security checkpoint, whether it’s at a courthouse or an airport or wherever, and even with all the modern technology they have available, sometimes it just happens.“
Trooper Workman survived the shooting but is seriously injured. Corporal Marshall Bailey, age 42, from Putnam County was killed. Corporal Bailey had been with State Police for 17 years.
As of Thursday morning, funeral arrangements for him had not been finalized.
Sgt. Baylous says everyone is in mourning, “You go through the same life experiences, you know what’s going on with them.“
Baber was shot by deputies from Roane County and Clay County during his fleeing attempt.
John Westfall, a Roane County Sheriff’s deputy, who was shot by Baber during his escape attempt could be released from the hospital within a couple of days.
A tow truck driver from Kings Wrecker Service who also responded to the scene is now at home, recovering from his injuries.