PORTLAND (WGME) – New information on an officer-involved shooting that turned deadly this weekend.
Portland police now say Sergeant Nicholas Goodman is the officer who shot Chance Baker, 22.
Sunday morning friends and co-workers said Chance Baker had a personality that could light up a room and worked hard after becoming homeless in the city.
Portland police said Baker was shot and killed by officers in a parking lot yesterday after they said he wouldn’t put down what looked like a rifle. His friends said he’s had some trouble over the years but has been working hard to turn his life around.”
One friend Erick Poulin said “It’s just really difficult to see someone so promising end so tragically.”
Friends said Chance Baker took nothing for granted.
“To come from what he started with in Maine, hich was basically nothing. And worked himself where he had a relatively comfortable life.” added Jillian McLeod-Tardiff.
His friends said he moved from the mid-west to Portland six years ago, homeless and with no job, but his friends called Chance a hard worker.
WGME had an interview with Baker when he worked at a cinema in 2015. One of multiple jobs his friends say he took on to turn his life around.
McCleod-Tardiff stated “He worked as many hours as he could, he got another job at a local hotel and he would work closing shifts at the theater and immediately go to overnight shifts there.”
But about a year ago, friends say hit a bump in the road
Poulin said “He got caught up in some bad stuff, drugs and alcohol and stuff and that obviously changed his perception of the world I guess.”
Saturday afternoon Portland police said Baker was out in a .local parking lot, brandishing a “rifle-style” pellet gun, before being shot & killed by officers.
This is the fourth officer-involved shooting this year in Maine.
McCleod-Tardiff stated “Every victim who’s a victim of this kind of thing. They’re a Chance, they’re a friend.”
His co-workers say they hadn’t seen him for a few months and don’t know what lead to his actions.
Jillian mcleod-tardiff / friend of victim
“It’s disconcerting to me that no one along the way could catch this person, who I knew as sweet and kind and help them. Before they got to the point where it ended up.” added McCleod-Tardiff.
They now want him remembered not for his last actions, but for his ambition to do good.
Poulin said “He’s not this horrible violent monster that was trying to go out and kill people. I really don’t know what was going on for the events of yesterday but I know the side of him that was good.”
The DNA’s office says they’re continuing to investigate this officer involved shooting to see if it was justified. The officer that was involved is said to be on paid administrative leave.