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Baltimore County officer shoots, kills Parkton man on Tuesday

Posted at 5:07 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-30 12:21:24-05

PARKTON, Md. — Baltimore County Police had to shut down a major interstate in both directions to investigate the deadly police involved shooting Tuesday night.

It all started on a quiet court tucked away in Parkton.

Police say they received a call of man threatening family and himself with an ice pick. A family member indicated that the man was intoxicated and left his residence in a car prior to officers arriving.

Officers then spotted their suspect, 48 year old Eric John Sopp driving -- getting on 83 South from Mount Carmel road.

RELATED: One dead following police-involved shooting on I-83 Tuesday night

"When they stopped him, both officers approached the vehicle and began a verbal conversation with the man,” Officer Jen Peach said. “The man got out of the vehicle and at the point, what occurred between the two is still under investigation."

What we do know is that one of the officers fired on Sopp -- killing him.

Baltimore County Police say they are studying the body worn camera footage but are refraining from any further details until their investigation is complete.

It is unclear whether Sopp was cooperating with police during the traffic stop.

Sopp's family declined an interview at their home today and police cannot tell us whether or not he had a history of mental illness.

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 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.