Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a pleasant summer evening, Nicholas County dispatchers warned law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for a white Chevrolet
Silverado that was being operated recklessly in the northbound lanes of Interstate 79.
The driver crashed the car in the median and then headed south.
About 7:45 p.m., Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey, 42, and Trooper Eric Michael Workman, 26, of the Clay
detachment of the State Police caught up with the Silverado at the parking lot at the Wallback exit.
The troopers determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen from the Oak Hill area, and that the driver was impaired by some intoxicant.
Bailey and Workman arrested Luke Silas Baber, 22, of Oak Hill in Fayette County, put him in the back seat of the cruiser, and called a wrecker.
Baber then fished out of his pants a Hi-Point
9-millimeter pistol that the troopers had missed. He shot Bailey and Workman from behind as they sat in the front seat.
When driver William Massey of King's Wrecker Service arrived a short time later, he saw the troopers ,grievously injured and unresponsive. Baber then shot Massey in the arm.
But Massey was able to get back to the wrecker.
He called for help at 8:28 p.m. Law enforcement officers from county, state and federal agencies sped toward the Wallback exit.
Baber had taken Bailey's gun and fled.