PORTLAND (WGME) – The Portland Police Department is speaking publicly after an officer-involved shooting left one man dead over the weekend.
Chance Baker, 22, was shot and killed by an officer after police said he refused to comply with verbal commands.
The shooting happened a little after 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Chief Michael Sauschuck said Portland police received multiple 911 calls, each with varying descriptions of what sort of weapon the man was holding, but he said the overriding and consistent theme was concern.
The incident has sparked debate on body cameras and speeding up the process on implementing them.
Chief Sauschuck said he is disgusted at anyone using this tragedy to further a political agenda.
Chief Sauschuck stated “I’m saying that there have been individuals and organizations that seem to have used this particular incident as some kind of a platform to further an agenda. And as the Chief of the Portland Police Department I don’t appreciate that and I don’t think it’s necessary.”
Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling responded that he hopes to work with the department and the community to supply body cameras to officers in the near future.