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Press Release

U.S. Attorney Will Thompson Issues Statement Regarding Two Nicholas County Sheriff's Deputies Shot in the Line of Duty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- United States Attorney Will Thompson issued the following statement regarding Nicholas County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Baker, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Friday, June 3, 2022, and Corporal J. Ellison, who was shot and wounded in the same incident.

Yesterday evening, two officers with the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department put themselves in harm's way in the performance of their duties. Deputy Tom Baker and Corporal J. Ellison were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance. Deputy Baker succumbed to his injuries. I am grateful to learn that Corporal Ellison was treated for his injuries and released. This tragedy is a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by our law enforcement officers in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. We mourn with Deputy Baker's loved ones, our fellow law enforcement partners, the Nicholas County community and all of West Virginia. We are resolved that Deputy Baker's service and selfless dedication will be forever remembered.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. 







Updated June 4, 2022