Corporal Marshall Bailey, 42, and a 17 year veteran of the West Virginia State Police, was shot and killed about 8:30 pm Tuesday during a traffic stop. Corporal Bailey and his partner, Trooper Eric Workman, stopped a vehicle for reckless driving at the Wallback Park & Ride, a commuter parking lot that was adjacent to I-79 in Roane County, WV.
The suspect driver, Luke Baber, 22, of Oak Hill, had been arrested, handcuffed, and seated in the trooper’s patrol vehicle.
Baber was able to get out of the handcuffs and obtained a 9mm pistol that he had hidden on his person. Baber shot both troopers as they sat in the front seat of their patrol vehicle, killing Corporal Bailey instantly.
Baber then fled the officer’s vehicle, but not before he obtained Trooper Workman’s firearm. When William Massey of King’s Towing arrived, he found both troopers unresponsive. Massey had been summoned to impound Baber’s vehicle.
Baber then reappeared and shot William Massey in the arm with Trooper Workman’s departmental weapon. Baber fled the scene on foot. Massey was still able to summon assistance for the troopers.
Trooper Workman was transported to CAMC General Hospital and is listed in critical condition. He is in a coma and on life support. His prognosis is unknown at this time.
Baber fled the area on foot and set up an ambush situation for pursuing officers. Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Westfall was searching for Baber, when Baber opened fire injuring Deputy Westfall in the hand, arm, and stomach. Still being seriously wounded, Deputy Westfall was able to return fire killing Baber.
Corporal Bailey is survived by three children, a brother, and his parents.
Corporal Marshall Bailey, gone but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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