Trooper Eric M. Workman West Virginia State Police, West Virginia End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 2012

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Trooper Eric M. Workman

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia
End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 26
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 8 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 28, 2012
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Colonel C. R. "Jay" Smithers
West Virginia State Police
725 Jefferson Road
South Charleston, WV 25309
Phone: (304) 746-2100

Trooper Eric Workman and Corporal Marshall Bailey were shot and killed after they stopped a vehicle for reckless driving at the commuter parking lot adjacent to I-79, in Clay County, at approximately 8:30 pm.
The troopers determined the subject was intoxicated and placed him under arrest and hancuffed in front of his body. The subject was searched and placed in the back of the patrol car when he was able to reach a concealed 9mm pistol that was not discovered in the search. He shot both troopers inside of the vehicle and took Corporal Bailey’s service weapon.
After climbing out of the vehicle he shot a tow truck driver who had been called to the scene to impound his car. The tow truck driver was able to get away from the scene and call for help.
The subject then fled on foot and set up an ambush in a ditch. He later opened fire on officers from multiple agencies who responded to the scene, wounding a Roane County deputy in the arm, hand, and stomach. The responding officers returned fire, killing the subject.
Corporal Bailey succumbed to his wounds at the scene. Trooper Workman was transported to CAMC General Hospital where he remained on life support until succumbing to his wounds two days later.
Trooper Workman had served with the West Virginia State Police for 20 months.

West Virginia State Police trooper Eric Workman has died.
Workman, 26, had been in Charleston Area Medical Center in a coma since Tuesday night when he was shot by Luke Baber following a traffic stop.
Workman and Corporal Marshall Bailey arrested Baber for driving erratically along I-79 near the Clay-Roane County line. Baber, while sitting in the back of the cruiser, his hands handcuffed in front of him, pulled a pistol he had hidden in his pants and shot both troopers.
Bailey died at the scene while Workman was rushed to the hospital where he was placed on life support, but his condition never improved and was ultimately taken off life support.
Baber was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies from Clay and Roane counties as he tried to get away.
Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Westfall suffered several gunshot wounds in the shootout with Baber, but he was protected by a bulletproof vest. Westfall remains in Charleston Area Medical Center following surgery, but is recovering.
Additionally, a tow truck driver from Kings Wrecker Service, William Massey, was also shot by Baber. His wounds were not serious and he was treated and released from the hospital.
State Police Superintendent Col. Jay Smithers said in a statement Friday that Workman had a bright future ahead.
“Trooper Workman was an outstanding young man with a promising future. IT is unfortunate that his life was cut short by this senseless and cowardly act,” Smithers said. “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.”
Workman was from Ivydale in Clay County. He was a graduate of West Virginia State University where he was a standout baseball player. He was also an avid outdoorsman.
Workman joined the force just last year. He was not married.
“I met with Trooper Workman’s family earlier this week and I can honestly say without a doubt, West Virginia lost a very brave young man this afternoon,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. “Joanne and I have held this family and the entire West Virginia State Police family in our prayers and we will continue to pray for them in the days ahead. May God bless the men and women who wear the uniform and whose mission it is to protect us all.”
Family members of Workman said 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," a statement from the Governor’s Office said.


2 Responses to “Trooper Eric M. Workman West Virginia State Police, West Virginia End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 2012”

  1. 1 Joan Parker September 1, 2012 at 12:45

    Rest In Peace Trooper Workman…

  2. 2 Sandy Lusk September 5, 2012 at 15:34

    This is such a sad time for our wonderful state. The lost of two West Virginia State Troopers -Bailey and Workman. May you rest in peace and may your families find some kind of peace and understanding through this difficult time in their lives.

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