A Raleigh County man was arrested on Saturday May 1st, following an altercation that left another man shot. The incident began after Eric Ryan Baker, 34, of Beckley, had a disagreement with a male co-worker outside of his residence that reportedly escalated into violence.
According to the criminal complaint, Baker and the victim worked together at Golden Corral and the victim alleged that Baker had been talking about him “behind his back” at work. As a result, the victim reportedly confronted Baker at Baker’s home and an altercation ensued. During the fight, Baker’s girlfriend allegedly provided him with a 9mm handgun. When Baker attempted to “pistol whip” the victim, he fled to his car where the victim’s girlfriend was waiting.
The complaint further states that Baker “reached into the car and the fireman went off,” striking the victim in the face.
The victim’s girlfriend raced him to Raleigh General Hospital where he received treatment. Beckley Police recovered the bullet from the vehicle and were able to obtain a statement from the victim once he was in stable condition. In an interview with BPD, Baker admitted that he and the victim had a fight and that when he tried to “pistol whip” him, the fireman went off.
Baker was booked on Saturday, May 1 on one-count of malicious wounding (a felony), and is currently being held at Southern Regional Jail. A $50,000 cash/surety bond has been issued.