September 1, 2012

Eric Workman - Law Enforcement - West Virginia

Trooper Eric Workman, age 26, died in the line of duty on August 31, 2012, in West Virginia. 

Eric was a member of the West Virginia State Police. He had 1 year and 8 months of service. 

On August 28, 2012, Eric and another trooper stopped a vehicle for reckless driving at the commuter parking lot adjacent to I-79, in Clay County, at approximately 8:30 pm. The troopers determined the subject was intoxicated and placed him under arrest. The subject was searched and placed in the back of the patrol car when he was able to reach a concealed 9mm pistol that was not discovered in the search. He shot both troopers inside of the vehicle and took a service weapon. After climbing out of the vehicle he shot a tow truck driver who had been called to the scene to impound his car. The tow truck driver was able to get away from the scene and call for help.
Gabriel, Archangel, pray for Eric

The subject then fled on foot and set up an ambush in a ditch. He later opened fire on officers from multiple agencies who responded to the scene, wounding a Roane County deputy in the arm, hand, and stomach. The responding officers returned fire, killing the subject.

Before he joined the State Police, Eric was a star baseball player at West Virginia State University and made the All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team in 2008 and 2009. He was named conference player of the year in 2009. He broke numerous school records and ranks first in games played, runs scored, hits, doubles and triples. 

Police officials stated that Eric was an outstanding young man with a promising future. West Virginia lost a brave young man when Eric died. 

His favourite hobby was fishing. 

Eric is survived by many loving friends and relatives. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray that Eric Workman is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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