Thursday, August 20, 2015

Decorated Veteran Father of 9 Dies in Gunfire at Church

UPDATE August 21, 2015
Wade Baker was on the Dr. Phil show in 2007 talking about PTSD
Man Killed in Police Shooting Appeared on Dr. Phil, Discussed PTSD
Father of 9 dies in gunfire at church; Family releases statement 
Wade Allen Baker was decorated veteran, family says
WYFF 4 News
By Carla Field
UPDATED 3:39 PM EDT Aug 20, 2015
Wade was also a military veteran. He served in the U.S. Army from approximately August 1989 to November 1998. His military occupational specialty was mechanized infantryman, and he received an honorable discharge. His military awards include: Army Commendation Award (second award), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Service Award, Good Conduct Medal (third award), National Defense Service Award, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and others.
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. —The family of a man who died at a North Carolina church after an exchange of gunfire with officers released a statement Thursday in which they spotlighted his highly awarded time in the military.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a 911 call claiming that four people had been shot at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at Maple Grove Baptist Church on Stamey Cove Road in Waynesville.

Sgt. Heidi Warren of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office said a man, later identified as Wade Allen Baker, 44, of Clyde, alone in the church when law enforcement crews arrived. The man exchanged gunfire with the officers, she said.

The SBI said Thursday that Baker was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured in the gunfire. Officials have not said who fired the shot that killed Baker. read more here


  1. Sleep well young soldier, your job is done
    your war is over and your battle won.

  2. As I watched this man on tv I could tell he was hurting so bad inside some people when they go to war or they see any combat of any kind they are never the same so may he rest in peace and we should no matter what he has done thank you wade for your service to this country.

  3. Wade, I know your time here on earth was troubled in the last years. You became another victim of war. Rest In Peace soldier, your job is done. May your soul rest peacefully.


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