A search of the Daily Mail archives turned up five trooper-involved shootings since January, and four were fatal.
Other shootings have involved law enforcement agencies throughout the state, from county sheriff's departments to municipal police forces.
"We're constantly looking at numbers," Baylous said. "We keep track of the numbers, but we don't always study them in depth until we notice a red flag or more incidents of that nature."
Baylous said State Police Superintendent Col. Jay Smithers emphasizes efficiency, effectiveness and officer safety. He is always open to ways to improve what the troopers do, he said.
Because of such emphasis, the agency may look into what appears to be an increase in police involved shootings, Baylous said, but he did not have details on what the study would entail.
As for why such incidents are occurring more frequently, Baylous said he believes the answer is simple - more people are desensitized to violence and have grown up with a lack of respect for authority.
"You take violent movies and violent video games and couple that with two other things, the breakdown of the basic family unit in our society and the failure to submit to authority and there's your answer," Baylous said.
"They grow up their whole lives carrying that lack of respect for authority, whether it be parents, the school system, God's authority, and when they become adults, we have to deal with them."
He said he has been surprised by people who have defended the suspects' actions in the past. He said that only emboldens suspects to act out further.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.