NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — 30-year-old Eric Wakup has been identified as the man who was shot by Norfolk Police during a barricade situation, at a home in the 1300 block of Church Street early Saturday.
Virginia State Police say the incident began at approximately 6 p.m. on Friday after Norfolk Police responded to a barricaded person who appeared to be unstable and possibly armed. Felony warrants were secured as a result of the situation.
Despite attempts by Norfolk Police to negotiate a peaceful surrender, Wakup fired an assault-style weapon at police around 12:45 a.m. and officers subsequently shot him, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cpl. Melinda Wray told 10 On Your Side that a man had apparently been held hostage in the home by Wakup earlier Friday night. The man made it out of the home and called police around 4:30 p.m.
Police had asked people in the area find shelter and stay in place until further notice. People were advised to avoid the area until the situation was resolved.
Residents in 1300 blk Church St asked to shelter in place. PD negotiators on scene w/ barricaded subject, possibly armed.
— Norfolk Police Dept (@NorfolkPD) April 22, 2016
Shadian Torres told 10 On Your Side, “They came inside my house; my dad told me they came inside my house. They went upstairs and posted up and they had sniper rifles pointed at the house in front of my house, behind ours right there.”
“I heard shots from the outside. I heard about maybe five or six shots outside and on the inside they were kinda muffled, so I heard about four or five more shots,” said one neighbor in the area.
Virginia State Police are now investigating this incident.
10 On Your Side met with Chief Michael Goldsmith at a Cops and Curls event Saturday afternoon. We asked him why VSP are investigating the incident and why not Norfolk Police? Why is this different from officer-involved shootings that happened earlier this year? Chief Goldsmith’s response was, “I really can’t comment on that because I’ve got to go talk to counsel and answer some of those questions. I really can’t say anything about that. The State Police does have the investigation so it’s really not appropriate for me to talk about that at this point.”
Two officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative duty, according to Norfolk Police PIO Daniel Hudson. Both officers have been with NPD for six years, and were assigned to the homeland security division.
This was the second officer-involved shooting in just hours in Norfolk. State Police say Norfolk officers responded to a homicide near the intersection of Fremont and O’Keefe Streets around 7 p.m., which is not far from the barricade scene. While investigating, police say they encountered a 45-year-old man with a gun standing near the homicide victim.