Family says man killed in police shooting near Asheville had PTSD

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HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. — Friends and family tell WLOS the man authorities say opened fire on officers at a Haywood County church had PTSD.

Wade Baker, 44, was killed in the shootout after a brief standoff. His family and friends say he had post-traumatic stress disorder from his many years in the military.

Baker was shot by police after a brief standoff at Maple Grove Baptist Church on Stamey Cove Road.

Lynn Cagle says his met Baker, who goes by “AJ”, two years ago.  They both have sons who play youth football.  Cagle says he saw a Facebook post Baker made Wednesday.

“He said ‘it’s been a good ride but it’s time to go…I love you all’”, Cagle recalls.