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Baltimore County Police Dept. Releases Details on Fatal Hereford Zone Police-Involved Shooting

The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) has released details involving the Tuesday night officer-involved shooting of a Hereford Zone man who was killed after police responded to an emergency call, stating the man was in danger of harming himself or others.

Eric John Sopp, 48, of Pheasant Wood Ct. in Parkton, was fatally shot by a police officer on Interstate 83 between Mt. Carmel Rd. and Belfast Rd after police were first called to his home.

According to BCoPD, a female at his residence called police at around 9pm on Tuesday, stating that Sopp was holding a weapon, was intoxicated and had threatened to hurt her and himself.  Sopp left his home prior to officers arriving, where they were told he left with the weapon.

Baltimore County police first spotted Sopp’s car on Mt. Carmel Rd., entering the ramp toward southbound Interstate 83 where the car stop was initiated and the shooting incident took place.

All southbound lanes were closed between the Mt. Carmel and Belfast Rd. exits after the incident.

According to BCoPD, the officer involved in the shooting 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.

The BCoPD did not say whether the department reviewed the officer’s body cam footage nor if the camera was worn or operational during the time of the incident. The BCoPD also did not say how many shots were fired or if Sopp threatened the officer.

Court records show that Sopp had a history of driving while under the influence.


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