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UPDATED: Arlington Deputy Sheriff Involved in Alexandria Shooting

Arlington sheriff badgeUpdate on 5/30/13 — Patterson has been charged with murder.

An Arlington County deputy sheriff is being interviewed by detectives regarding a shooting death in Alexandria overnight.

Around 12:45 a.m., Alexandria Police responded to reports of a person being shot in the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive, just south of Arlington and a block away from Potomac Yard.

Officers found the victim unresponsive. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives on the case are interviewing Arlington County Deputy Sheriff Craig Patterson, a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and an Alexandria resident, who was involved in the shooting. The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office says it is cooperating with the investigation and is also doing its own internal investigation. Patterson, 44, has been placed on administrative leave while the case is ongoing.

Police have not said how Patterson, was involved, but according to scanner traffic the off-duty deputy said he shot a man who pulled a knife on him.

The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Alexandria resident Julian Dawkins. The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death during an autopsy.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-6711.

Hat tip to John Antonelli

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