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State Police Lay Down Timeline Of Events In Fatal Shootings
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Aug. 29, 2012 8:14 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 8:34 PM EDT
Wallback , Clay County , West Virginia
New details coming to light after a state police press conference about the shooting that's left one trooper dead, and another fighting for his life.
State police say the suspect, Luke Baber, was driving a stolen truck when he was pulled over for reckless driving on I-79, Tuesday night.
He also had a gun hidden on his body, that troopers didn't find when they initially searched him.
These are the events that unfolded, as told by Col. Jay Smithers in a Wednesday press conference:
7:25 p.m. - Nicholas County 911 received the initial call that a white Silverado was driving recklessly on I-79 northbound.
"They further advised that the truck had wrecked in the median and had then taken off again southbound," said Smithers.
7:36 p.m. - Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Michael Workman stopped the truck at the Wallback Park and Ride and called for King's Wrecker Service to tow the suspect's vehicle. At this point, the troopers know his name is Luke Baber and also determine he's under the influence. He's put under arrest and placed in the backseat of their cruiser.
"At this time he accessed a high point 9 mm pistol he had hidden on his person and shot both Cpl. Bailey and Trooper Workman," said Smithers.
Minutes later, William Massey, the tow truck driver got to the scene and discovered both troopers were unresponsive in the cruiser.
"At this time the suspect also shot Mr. Massey, however, Mr. Massey was able to return back to his wrecker and back away from the scene and get help," said Smithers.
8:28 p.m. - An EMT called and requested help for Mr. Massey, who then told them the troopers were down. State, county, and local police swarmed the scene in search of Baber.
"During the search the suspect was located a short distance from the original scene at which he engaged law enforcement officers with gun fire," said Smithers.
State police say Baber took Cpl. Bailey's gun after he shot the troopers, which could have been used in the final shootout.
Roane County Deputy John Westfall was shot three times, and is still in the hospital.
"The suspect Luke Baber was shot and killed at the scene," explained Smithers.
8:43 p.m. - Trooper Workman was taken to CAMC General where he's in "extremely critical" condition. Cpl. Bailey was dead upon arrival.
State police did not identify who fired the shot that killed Baber, but said he was shot numerous times. Clay County sheriff's deputies were also at the scene.
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