Corporal Marshall Lee Bailey

Corporal Marshall Lee Bailey

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Marshall Lee Bailey

Corporal Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman were shot and killed after they 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 and hancuffed in front of his body. 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 Corporal Bailey's 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.

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.

Corporal Bailey succumbed to his wounds at the scene. Trooper Workman was transported to CAMC General Hospital where he remained on life support until succumbing to his wounds two days later.

Corporal Bailey is survived by his three children, brother, and parents.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 17 years, 4 months
  • Badge 204

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I did not expect, after 20 years of military service that a friend from my childhood who wanted nothing more than to promote the common-sense rule-of-law, and remained in WV, dedicating his life to that end, would be killed in the line-of-duty.

When I returned to my home state, two years after his death, I moved into his area of responsibility. I was surprised at how much of an impact his approach had made in the local community. I met several people who were off of drugs, out of trouble, gainfully employed, etc., because this man invested the time into showing them how to be better. He believed in them, perhaps he was the first to do so, and they excelled. He will always be remembered fondly in Clay Co., WV and surrounding areas. Even those who ran afoul of the law regularly - they respected him.

I have a great deal of respect for Marshall. We weren't close after school - he went his way and I went mine. The state is worse for his passing, and I think that all of his old friends are too.


January 7, 2019

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