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.