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

Last night, two officers from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department put themselves in danger in the line of duty. 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 hear that Corporal Ellison has been treated for his injuries and released. This tragedy is a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by our law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties 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 determined that Deputy Baker’s selfless service and dedication will be forever etched in our memories.

A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.