OAK HILL, W.Va. -- A prescription pill problem made an Oak Hill man a different person to his friends and family and put him on the wrong side of the law a few times over the years.
Luke Silas Baber's pill problem got the best of him, a relative said, and possibly fueled him to shoot and kill State Police Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and critically injure Trooper Eric Michael Workman Tuesday night during a traffic stop in an area along the Clay and Roane County borders.
Baber, 22, eventually shot and wounded tow truck driver William Frank Massey and Roane County Sheriff's Deputy John Westfall before the night was over. He was then killed in a hail of return gunfire during a shootout with four deputies from Roane and Clay counties.
Janet Baber, his aunt, said her family was devastated by Luke's actions and are praying for those he injured.
"We are just very sad for those policemen and for their families -- those innocent people," she said.
She said her family reached out to State Police after the shooting to offer condolences and thank them for their service.
Luke, she said, "just had problems and it got the best of him."
In December 2009, Fayette County Sheriff's deputies arrested Baber after he threatened his parents with what turned out to be a BB gun. During that incident, Baber told deputies he pulled the gun in an attempt to get officers to kill him, according to a criminal complaint filed in Fayette County Magistrate Court.