Va. police: Deputy charged in shooting death of Arlington Co. man

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Posted on June 2, 2013 at 12:07 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WHAS11) – A sheriff’s deputy faces first degree murder charges after the shooting death of a Virginia man.

Prosecutors argue that 44-year-old Arlington County deputy Craig Patterson and 22-year-old Julian Dawkins got into an argument on May 22.

Patterson, who was off-duty at the time, left to go home but was heard by witnesses saying “I’ll be back.”

Authorities say he returned with a gun, his badge and handcuffs, chased Dawkins into a yard and shot him once in the chest.

The Alexandria police chief Earl Cook says Deputy Patterson received no special treatment.

“It's not human not to notice that you have a brother law enforcement involved in a serious shooting ... but it did not change what we would do with this investigation whatsoever," he said.

Dawkins had a folded up knife in his pocket but the prosecution says he never used it.

Patterson was arrested and charged with murder Thursday night.
 

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