Rufus Cedric Baker, 32

Hendersonville, North Carolina
December 01, 2017

Agencies: Henderson County Sheriff's Office North Carolina | State Bureau of Investigations SBI North Carolina

Cause of death: Shooting

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Rufus Cedric Baker, 32, of Buncombe County was shot by McGaha as Baker attempted to escape during an arrest, Police Chief Herbert Blake said Dec. 1. McGaha said Baker appeared to be reaching for a weapon in his waistband at the time.

“It appeared to me, from the witness interviews as well as the video tape of the area, that Baker was intending to shoot his way out of the immediate area. Officer McGaha had to make a difficult split-second decision and I believe he made the right call,” Newman said in a news release.

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Hendersonville police officer Brandon McGaha was cleared of any criminal liability, District Attorney Greg Newman said  on January 9, 2017.