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Police: Man killed in Virginia standoff threatened suicide

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A man who was fatally shot by snipers during a standoff last week said he was going to kill himself, threatened to kill police officers and fired eight rifle shots at an armored police vehicle, authorities said.

Eric Wakup, 30, of Norfolk fired an “assault-style weapon” early Saturday, Apr 23, at officers from inside a Norfolk home, The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1VCtOkQ ) quoted state police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya as saying.

Snipers shot back, killing Wakup, state police said in court documents. Investigators said they recovered 14 guns and hundreds of bullets inside the home.

Two officers are on paid administrative duty following the shooting. Court records show Wakup was white. Police have not released the officers’ races.

The standoff happened about 6 p.m. Friday after Kenneth Bryant, who identified himself as Wakup’s brother, called police upon escaping from the home, said Norfolk police spokeswoman Cpl. Melinda Wray. Bryant said he had been “held against his will” by a man inside who possibly had firearms.

According to the Norfolk assessor’s records, Bryant bought the house in March 2015.

Wakup and Bryant’s neighbor, Albert Seda, said the brothers had moved into the house together and spent nearly all of their time inside.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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