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Date: Nov 2019

UPDATE (November 29, 2019 9:30 p.m.):

The officer involved in a shooting on I-83 is identified as Officer Page, a 21-year veteran of the department assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct (Precinct 7) with no prior police-involved shooting incidents. He has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal review of the incident.

Original Release (November 27, 2019 5:09 p.m.):

Last night, Baltimore County Police were called to the unit block of Pheasant Wood Court in Parkton where an individual, who had reportedly been drinking, threatening to assault a family member and himself, left the location in a vehicle. Unfortunately, in this incident, after police conducted a car stop, circumstances occurred where the man, identified as Eric John Sopp (48) of the unit block of Pheasant Wood Court, was fatally shot.  A loss of life is grievous and we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Sopp.  

Shortly before 9 p.m. a 9-1-1 call was received from a family member of the Mr. Sopp indicating that he was intoxicated, threatened to hurt her and was holding a weapon, indicating he would hurt himself, as well.  He left the residence in a car prior to officers arriving.  Police officers were dispatched to the residence and a description of the car, the individual, and the possibility of him still being armed was communicated to other officers.  The car was spotted on Mt. Carmel Road entering the ramp to southbound Interstate 83 where the car stop was initiated and the incident took place.

As with any police involved incident, we are conducting a thorough investigation of the sequence of events, circumstances and evidence surrounding last night’s shooting.  The officer is currently on administrative leave, per departmental policy.  Once the department’s investigation is complete the results will be forwarded to the Office of the State’s Attorney for review. In addition, our police officers receive training related to assisting individuals who are experiencing a behavioral crisis.

The Baltimore County Police Department would like to remind our community members of the resources available to assist those who may need help or are in crisis: Baltimore County Crisis Services 410-931-2214 (, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  If you, or someone you know needs support, please reach out to one of the above organizations. 


Baltimore County Police are continuing to investigate an early morning 5-car collision that killed a woman and injured her 3-year-old son.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on Eastern Boulevard near White Marsh Boulevard when a Honda Element traveling westbound sideswiped another vehicle travelling in the same direction, then veered across the grass median, striking the Toyota Corolla that the woman and child were traveling eastbound in head-on. The Honda struck two additional vehicles before coming to a stop, causing minor injuries to those occupants.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as Alexis Lashey Steele (23) of the 3900 block of Cutty Sark Road, 21220, was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where she later died. Her 3-year-old son, a passenger in the vehicle, was also transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Honda suffered life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalized. Officers from the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team are working to determine the factors involved in the crash, including determining if any drug or alcohol intoxication is involved in this fatal crash.

It’s official - The newest member of the department has her name! Though she is called K9 Rae for short, her official name is Miss Mutzy Rae Daisy of Baltimore County – a name chosen thoughtfully and filled with pride and tradition. A pure bred dog, whose lineage can be traced back multiple generations, can be registered with the American Kennel Club under a name that pays homage to family ties.

“Daisy” is her mother’s name, and “Rae” comes from the lineage of Deep Hearted Bloodhounds, the kennel in Loudonville, Ohio where she was born. The kennel has a long history of raising working bloodhounds, and have placed dogs all over the world.

The two most important elements of her name are “Baltimore County” and “Mutzy,” and both were suggested by the family of POFC Amy Sorrells Caprio, one of our department’s Fallen Heroes. They wished to honor our newest K9 by noting who she will be serving – the citizens of Baltimore County – just as Amy did, and honor her spirit with “Mutzy,” after Amy’s beloved stuffed pet from the age of two.

Mutzy became a constant in Amy’s life, helping her throughout her school years, through the police academy, and during injuries and surgeries. According to her family, Amy found comfort, support and security in Mutzy even during the most trying times. Her family knows that K9 Miss Mutzy Rae Daisy of Baltimore County will do the same. Just as Amy committed herself to the service of others, our newest bloodhound will be there for those who need her and help continue Amy’s unfinished work.

K9 Rae has started her training to become a search and rescue dog. Our training program focuses on developing the dog’s natural abilities, starting with chasing someone she can see and rewarding her with a combination of praise and her favorite food treat. As she progresses through the training program, the trails become longer and we start her search with the person out of sight. We also incorporate various scent discrimination exercises to reinforce to the dog that her reward comes from finding the right person, not just any person.

Historically, bloodhounds have been used as tracking and training dogs for centuries, thanks to their keen sense of smell and ability to focus. Here in Baltimore County, our bloodhounds are used mainly in a search and rescue capacity. Their tracking skills, combined with their gentle nature, makes them an ideal resource for helping to locate missing and lost people.

Revised June 27, 2017