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UPDATE: WV State Trooper Eric Workman passes away

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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.

"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," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "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."

A fund has been set up by the West Virginia Trooper's Association. Donations can be made to the Fallen Trooper fund through PayPal at www.wvtroopers.org. Check's can be sent to the Trooper's Association at 210 Chesapeake Ave., Charleston, WV 25311, or call (304) 345-9884 for more information.


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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