UPDATE (November 29, 2019 9:30 p.m.):
The officer involved in a shooting on I-83 is identified as Officer Page, a 21-year veteran of the department assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct (Precinct 7) with no prior police-involved shooting incidents. He has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal review of the incident.
Original Release (November 27, 2019 5:09 p.m.):
Last night, Baltimore County Police were called to the unit block of Pheasant Wood Court in Parkton where an individual, who had reportedly been drinking, threatening to assault a family member and himself, left the location in a vehicle. Unfortunately, in this incident, after police conducted a car stop, circumstances occurred where the man, identified as Eric John Sopp (48) of the unit block of Pheasant Wood Court, was fatally shot. A loss of life is grievous and we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Sopp.
Shortly before 9 p.m. a 9-1-1 call was received from a family member of the Mr. Sopp indicating that he was intoxicated, threatened to hurt her and was holding a weapon, indicating he would hurt himself, as well. He left the residence in a car prior to officers arriving. Police officers were dispatched to the residence and a description of the car, the individual, and the possibility of him still being armed was communicated to other officers. The car was spotted on Mt. Carmel Road entering the ramp to southbound Interstate 83 where the car stop was initiated and the incident took place.
As with any police involved incident, we are conducting a thorough investigation of the sequence of events, circumstances and evidence surrounding last night’s shooting. The officer is currently on administrative leave, per departmental policy. Once the department’s investigation is complete the results will be forwarded to the Office of the State’s Attorney for review. In addition, our police officers receive training related to assisting individuals who are experiencing a behavioral crisis.
The Baltimore County Police Department would like to remind our community members of the resources available to assist those who may need help or are in crisis: Baltimore County Crisis Services 410-931-2214 (https://tinyurl.com/t7ubwjm), National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you, or someone you know needs support, please reach out to one of the above organizations.