One of the troopers involved in a shootout that killed his partner, the suspect, and injured two others has passed away.
The West Virginia State Police announced that Trooper Eric Workman has died. He's been at the Charleston Area Medical Center since Tuesday.
"Trooper Workman was an outstanding young man with a promising future," said Colonel C. R. "Jay" Smithers in a press release. "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."
According to the State Police, Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and Workman pulled over Luke Baber Tuesday, Aug. 28, after dispatcher's received a call about an erratic driver.
Bailey and Workman arrested Baber and put him in the back seat of their cruiser. While waiting on a tow truck, Baber, who was handcuffed in the front, took a hidden handgun and shot both troopers. William Massey with King's Wrecker Service was also shot by Baber, who then fled the scene.
Deputies with the Roane and Clay County Sheriff's Departments tracked down Baber. Roane Co. Deputy John Westfall exchanged fire with Baber, killing the suspect.
Workman joined the State Police in 2011. He started at the Grantsville Detachment before transferring to the Clay Detachment. Funeral arrangements have not been set. He is an organ donor.
According to officials at Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's office, West Virginia State Police Trooper Eric Workman has passed away.
Officials say he was taken off of life support. Troopers and family members are being seen leaving CAMC General.
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