VIDEO: Man Suddenly Exits Car, Lunges At Cop, Family Claims Shooting Unjustified

Sandy Malone

Eric Sopp was fatally shot by Baltimore County police after his mother reported he was driving drunk and suicidal.

Towson, MD – Baltimore County police released bodycam video that showed 48-year-old Eric Sopp rushing at police officers when he was fatally shot (video below).

The incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2019 after Catherine Sopp called police and said her drunk suicidal adult son had taken the car keys and driven off, WBAL reported.

"I just want to report that my son just left the house, and he's out there driving drunk,” Catherine Sopp told the 911 dispatcher. “I had his car keys and he started getting violent, and I'm afraid, and he's threatened to commit suicide."

She told the police that her son, Eric Sopp, was likely driving on Interstate 83, WBAL reported.

Baltimore County police officers spotted the suspect vehicle and stopped it.

They did not know if Eric was armed, WBAL reported.

Bodycam video on the lead police vehicle showed Eric pulled over to the side of the highway quickly when the officer turned on his lights behind him.

The video showed the officer approached the suspect vehicle from the passenger-side rear, with his weapon in his right hand.

He knocked on the car window to get Eric's attention.

The video showed he told the driver to show him his hands.

And then he told him to put the vehicle in park.

But the driver failed to comply with any of the officer’s commands, the bodycam video showed.

Then officer ordered the driver to put his hands on the dash several times.

“Turn your car off. Please turn your car off,” the officer said in the video.

“I will not turn my car off,” Eric replied.

“Please turn your car off, sir,” the officer asked again.

“I will not turn my car off,” the driver replied again.

Then Eric went to get out of the car and the officer yelled at him to stay in the car.

But the driver didn’t listen and instead got out of the car, and then lunged towards the police officer giving him commands, the video showed.

That’s when the officer opened fire on Eric and shot him eight times.

Afterward, police discovered that the dead man did not have a weapon on him when he was shot, WBAL reported.

But bodycam video showed how quickly Eric Sopp rushed at the officer, not leaving a split-second to see whether he was armed.

Police haven’t said whether there was a weapon found inside Eric’s vehicle, WJZ reported.

The officer who fatally shot Eric has been identified as Baltimore County Police Officer Page, a 21-year veteran of the police force who works as a patrolman out of the Cockeysville Precinct, WJZ reported.

Eric’s mother has hired an attorney who called her son’s death the result of “unnecessary use of force by an officer.”

“I never imagined that when I called 911 to protect my son and others from him driving drunk, it would cost him his life,” Catherine Sopp said in a statement through her attorneys. There was no reason for the officer to shoot and kill him.”

The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against Officer Page and he has been returned to active duty, WBAL reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Comments (58)
Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

If you listen closely (0.25x speed helps), at 1:23 to 1:27, they say four times, "don't get out of the car."

No. 1-27
shooter
shooter

Show me a family that has EVER said a police shooting was justified, no matter WHAT the circumstances were.

Ragman69
Ragman69

Drunk 48 year old living with his mama? And his mama called the police to entertain Jr. while he's driving drunk? And now mama say's, "Da popo bad!"? lmfao

Lawman11
Lawman11

I would have prefered to see an escalation of force, but with the mama's report of the suspect being drunk and suicidal, no way I would have taken the chance with less-than-lethal. An unfortunate outcome and a jury will likely buy the excessive force argument, but those of us in the business know the use of force was justified.

Lawman777
Lawman777

Okay, so a drunk man, against orders, gets out of the car and the police officer shoots him. What am I missing here?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

His mama called PD to stop him, and they failed to de-escalate the situation, so now the cop should be in jail for murder, and the county owes her millions due to the wrongful death.

facts be damned, we have a ghetto lottery winner here!!!

Actually, I do feel bad for the mother, but the facts remain, her son is the only person responsible for him being dead. He got what he wanted. Sorry the officer will now be put through hell because of the suicidal drunk

JustMyTwoCents
JustMyTwoCents

If the mother reported him as suicidal, could this be a case of suicide by cop?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

"There was no reason for the officer to shoot and kill him.”

A statement from a person whose never been in the same situation no doubt.

21 year veteran officer I'm sure has been rushed before and maybe it didn't end for him then. Who the hell disobeys the police and then rushes at them like that?

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Just another ghetto robbery. Pathetic people.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I know I am going to catch holy hell for this question but here goes.... I do believe it was a good shoot my only question is why shoot him 8 times? I guess when it's a split second decision you don't have time to count so I answered my own question! Excuse my lack of common Sense 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

Propolice
Propolice

No more payouts to garbage who want to benefit from their stupid moron relatives. Sorry but these days in the slime city of Baltimore I’d shoot first and ask questions later.
Glad the Officers were unharmed.

VicG
VicG

Obey Officer's commands, get to go home...

Bob Sumpf
Bob Sumpf

MOTHER reported that he took the car and is DRUNK and SUICIDAL, also reporting what road he may be driving on. Seems to me to be a case of SUICIDE by COP !

Julietmylady123
Julietmylady123

It was murder 911 was called because someone was drunk and suicidal so it was suppose to be handled differently it really wasn’t a he committed a horrible crime the man was drunk ok he got out of the vehicle He was Drunk! Drunk people sometimes are confused but to kill this man was unreasonable and the police man could have handled it better and 8 shots was excessive I hope he gets prison time.

bryantrent
bryantrent

The mother is going to start crying the polices were racist

The express
The express

Come on Mom just bury his dead ass and move on.

Doc384
Doc384

Suicide by Mom

Doc384
Doc384

As long as people keep voting in these libtard politicians who keep pandering to the criminal element, they will keep spending our money in civil cases to further the progressive agenda.

LAW169
LAW169

Making traffic stops on the freeway are dangerous enough by themselves. But add to the mix some non compliant , immature 48 yoa suicidal, hbd Mama’s boy, and you want me to wrestle around with this sorry excuse of a man along side speeding cars??? I don’t think so. Homie don’t do no slow lane hokey pokey with Mr I wanna die by cop.

StandforTheBlue
StandforTheBlue

His Mom also said that she was afraid of him because he got violent. So I suppose there may be a case here of a spoiled drunk, grown a## man living with his mama, being a direct threat to a LEO and gets killed. Nothing could go wrong here right? It's about time the judicial system grow some; and hold folks accountable instead of blaming the LEO and trying to monetize their loved ones death.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

The mother shares some blame for this for not calling the cops earlier when he was out of control such that she had to hide his car keys. An intervention at that point might well have saved his life. Something tells me that whether or not it was reported over the years that this is not the first time this guy was out of control. He obviously had some sort of issue that needed treatment that was not received, perhaps because of being coddled by mamma.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

WOW, a "Family" that FAILED this man when he was Growing Up...now wants the city to pay THEM for THEIR Failure. How disturbingly Stupid is this then?

Stanracer
Stanracer

All he had to do was comply. Problem solved.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Comply is not a term the black community understands.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

48 years old and still didnt know how to listen or follow orders. Maybe momma should have done a better job raising his stupid lame ass!! Take some accountability. He caused his death!!

investigator
investigator

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!

pr9383
pr9383

The criminal's birth and continued life are all that's unjustified in this case.


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