- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A prosecutor in Virginia has cleared two police officers in the shooting death of an armed man during a prolonged standoff.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk wrote in a report released Friday that the officers’ actions were “necessary and justified.”

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.

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