The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 31, 2012

Trooper shot Tuesday evening succumbs to wounds


From Staff Reports

— Trooper Eric Workman passed away Friday evening at Charleston Area Medical Center, according to a statement from the West Virginia State Police posted on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s website.

Workman, 26, had been in a coma and on life support since Tuesday night when he was shot by Luke Baber during an arrest at Wallback, just off of I-79.

Baber also shot Cpl. Marshall Bailey, who died at the scene. Baber was later killed in a shoot-out with Clay and Roane county sheriff’s deputies.

Workman was transported to the hospital and placed on life support, but his condition never improved.

WVSP Superintendent Col. C.R. Smithers said, “Trooper Workman was an outstanding young man with a promising future. 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..

Tomblin said, 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. 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.

Workman was from Ivydale in Clay County, a graduate of West Virginia State University where he was a standout baseball player, and an avid outdoorsman.

Workman joined the force just last year. He was not married.

He was assigned to the Grantsville Detachment upon graduating from the West Virginia State Police Academy and had been recently transferred to the Clay Detachment.

The statement said Trooper Workman's family said that he is an organ donor and it there sincere hope that even in his death, his selfless service to others will continue by providing others an opportunity to live a fruitful life.

Funeral arrangements are pending.