- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A district attorney in North Carolina says police officers were justified in using force when they shot and killed an Army veteran in an exchange of gunfire at a church.

District Attorney Ashley Welch issued a statement Wednesday saying her decision was based on available evidence, including statements from the officers, dash camera video and 911 recordings.

Welch said Wade Allen Baker called 911 on Aug. 19 and told law officers to go to a Waynesville church. The district attorney said Baker had called the National Veterans’ Crisis Line saying he was attempting “suicide by cop.”

Baker, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was armed with a .20-gauge shotgun and fired from inside the church. He left the church and pointed the shotgun at officers, who shot and killed him.



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