CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The parents of a man who killed two West Virginia State Police troopers say their son struggled with drug abuse for years.
Darrell Baber and Diana Baber of Oak Hill tell WOWK-TV (http://bit.ly/Q3S4Kb ) that they are heartbroken and sorry for their 22-year-old son Luke's "horrible and unbelievably cowardly" actions.
State Police say Luke Baber fatally shot Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman Aug. 28 during a traffic stop near the Wallback exit of Interstate 79 in Roane County. Luke Baber also shot and wounded a Roane County deputy and a tow truck driver before he was killed in a shootout with other officers.
"We recognize also, that Luke's mindless and calloused shooting of these four men has caused tremendous pain and suffering for their Families, Friends and coworkers, that will continue to hurt for many years to come," Darrell Baber wrote in a statement given to WOWK. "I know of no words that could express exactly how Diana and I feel about what has occurred. We are extremely angry and saddened by what Luke has done to your loved ones and you."
The father said the family requested police and emergency medical assistance for their son several times in recent years.
"In every case, responders have been timely, professional, caring, and extremely helpful," Darrell Baber wrote. "We love, respect and honor our wonderful protectors, from Police Officers to Highway Assistance Workers."
The letter went on to say that the police officers aren't responsible for Luke Baber's death.
"They only shot him, as they should have," the letter read. "What killed Luke was drug abuse."