Report: Deadly police shooting was justified

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney just released its review of a deadly police-involved shooting.

He found that the officers' use of force was "necessary and justified."

Officers Montrell Martin and Jason Casel shot and killed a man on Church Street back in April.

The report said 30-year-old Eric Wakup fired several rounds at an armored police vehicle. Later on, he raised his gun at officers, which prompted two police snipers to shoot him.

Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory Underwood wrote in his report that Wakup had a history of substance abuse and mental health issues.

The report said the incident began on April 21 when Wakup briefly took his brother hostage. The report said Wakup threatened to kill himself during the ensuing standoff. Wakup was white; police haven't given the race of the officers.

Letter from the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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