Girlfriend: Man who shot officers 'not monster people made him out to be'

Published: May. 1, 2019 at 10:03 PM CDT
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In an interview you'll only see on KWCH 12, the girlfriend of the man investigators say shot and wounded Rice County's sheriff and undersheriff Monday, recalls how events unfolded and her final moments with the man who died hours later following a standoff.

Wednesday, Erin Baker recalls the last text message her boyfriend, David Madden, sent her as she fled with her seven-year-old son Monday evening from Madden's father's house.

"The last thing he said was, 'I'm sorry I took you hostage. I love you so much. I'll always be with you,'" Baker says.

Minutes earlier, she says, Madden pointed a gun at her after shooting Rice County Undersheriff Chad Murphy.

"He told me to leave and I said 'no,'" Baker says. "And he turned and pointed the gun at me and told me I needed to go."

Monday, Baker says, she saw a David she didn't know.

"I knew him for almost a year and I knew him very well, and I never would have thought we would be put in that situation," she says.

Baker says when their vehicle was pulled over by Murphy Monday, sitting in the passenger seat, Madden already had his gun in his lap. She says when Murphy walked around to the passenger side and told him to get out, Madden started shooting.

She says Madden then ordered her to drive to his house in Alden where he got more guns and ammunition. She says she and her son got away once they got to David's father's house near Raymond.

"It breaks my heart (my son) had to see that and go through that. I wish he wasn't with us. I wish he didn't have to see it," Baker says.

At his father's house, the KBI says Madden shot at officers, including Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans, wounding the sheriff in the leg.

Baker later learned her boyfriend killed his father and himself.

"He wanted people to know he's not the monster people made him out to be, even after this incident," she says.

Baker says Madden initially helped her get out of a long, toxic relationship.

Wednesday, Eyewitness News also asked her about the disappearance of Megan Foglesong, in which the KBI identified Madden as a suspect.

"I honestly believe he had nothing to do with it,"Baker says.

She says she is not a bad mother and is focused on her son.

"My main goal is to make sure my child is OK and help him get through it," she says.

Baker says investigators questioned her and currently, she is not facing any charges in connection with what happened Monday. She says she wishes she could have done more to prevent what unfolded. She says her son is currently with his father and she is fighting for the boy's custody.

Baker also apologizes to the families of Evans and Murphy and says she hopes both officers fully recover from their injuries.