NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – 30-year-old Eric Wakup was shot and killed by police following a barricade situation in the 1300 block of Church Street last Friday.
According to a relative, Wakup was from Indiana, the house he barricaded himself in, was his brother’s. Wakup took his brother and another relative hostage inside the home. Police were called to the scene after they broke free.
Family that spoke with 10 On Your Side couldn’t understand what would make Wakup take a gun, and hold his own relatives hostage. But one person said he had battled with a drug problem and demons in the past.
Police say after the two hostages were able to get free and call 911, they were able to obtain felony gun and kidnapping charges for Wakup. Police negotiated with him for hours knowing he was armed, and possibly unstable.
The situation shut down much of the neighborhood Friday evening. Shelter in place orders and blocked off streets lasted into the early morning hours Saturday.
Finally, shortly after midnight, police say Wakup came out of the house with an assault-style rifle and started shooting.
Police returned fire, and Wakup died at the scene.
No officers were hurt.
Police would not say how many officers were involved. Two officers, assigned to the homeland security division, are now on non-administrative duty while Virginia State Police continue to investigate. Both have been with NPD for six years.
Wakup’s relatives say the gunfire, smoke grenades and other tactical measures taken by police, have caused extensive damage to the house which they’re just now beginning to clean up. They do this while grieving his death, but also trying to understand what made him take his own brother hostage.
An answer they may never receive.