Updated: Police Interviewing Arlington Sheriff's Deputy in Suspicious Death Case

Alexandria police respond to reports of a shooting early Wednesday morning in Lynhaven.

1:30 p.m. update — Alexandria police have officially identified the victim as 22-year-old city resident Julian Dawkins.

An investigation is ongoing.

More on Patch: Alexandria Police ID Victim in Lynhaven Shooting

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11:15 a.m. update — The victim in Wednesday morning's incident is being identified as Julian Dawkins, according to WNEW.

According to the report, there's a dispute as to whether an altercation occurred:

The victim’s mother, Gwen Pratt Miller, identifies the man as Julian Dawkins.

Dawkins is the cousin of Washington Mystics guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt. He was among a group of people that had gone out earlier that evening to celebrate Ruffin-Pratt making the team, the family says.

Contrary to police statements, a woman who claimed to be on the phone with the victim at the time he was shot says no altercation occurred.

“I would have heard if any confrontation (occurred) or anything,” Kim Bragg said. “I was still on the phone with him. I was waiting for him to say something and then I heard this gunshot … Pow.”

Bragg says Dawkins was best friends with her son and was on coming to visit when the shooting occurred.

Both Dawkins and the Arlington County sheriff's deputy being interviewed by Alexandria police in relation to the incident lived in Lynhaven, according to WNEW. 

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10:30 a.m. update — Wednesday morning's shooting was the result of an altercation between an off-duty Arlington County sheriff's deputy and a 22-year-old man, according to WTOP.

ARLnow is reporting that Craig Patterson is the sheriff's deputy invloved in the shooting. The 17-year veteran has been placed on administrative leave. 

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Alexandria police are interviewing an Arlington County sheriff’s deputy in regards to a suspicious death that occurred early Wednesday morning in the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive, just west of Potomac Yard.

At 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to reports of a person being shot. Police quickly located the male victim, who was transported “to a local hospital” where he was pronounced dead, according to a release from the Alexandria Police Department.  

The victim’s identity is being held until family is notified.

The cause and manner of death will be determined pending an autopsy. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-6711.

steve May 22, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Sounds like they did separate, but then Dawkins came back.
McBrinn May 22, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Doesn't sound good for the Deputy if witnesses are reporting that he left that altercation, retrieved a gun, returned to the altercation, and then shot the man. That ain't self defense in my opinion.
Bernadette May 25, 2013 at 07:01 PM
In my opinion that deputy shot to kill and he should pay for the crime. My heart goes out to that young man's family. Trust and believe, been in your shoes, lost my son at the age of 21 do to gun violence. May God Bless you all.
TC Graduate May 25, 2013 at 07:17 PM
It was not self defense. We can not keep letting this happen to us. The police off duty or not will always look out for each other. Well, we could look out for ourselves, too. As silly as it might sound, now is definitely the time to come together. Let us make a difference not just for Julian but anybody else's friend, son, or cousin who could encounter another arrogant government official. Talk to anyone you know about this situation. Do not let Julian's death become an old story you heard about on the news- your significant other could be next..
Mellisa Cont May 26, 2013 at 08:40 AM
This is insane and heartbreaking that this mother lost her child. This deputy was acting in self defense? Thats is not how the story sounds. Seems to me Dawkins was tryng to get away from him. He left and came back? After he shot this kid he called the police? Seems to me someone must have saw what he did and he could not get away, that is why he willingly called the police. He did not just call because it was justifiable. This is wrong and he is a danger to everyone in Alexandria. How do we know that his temper will not get the best of him again and he goes off and kill another kid? I'm deeply concerned. As a officer of the court, you would think he had competency to walk away. But no, he returned to kill that child. I am also surprised some Human Rights Board has not stepped in and try to find out what is going on. However, The city of Alexandria is starting to have a hisotry of hiding information like the killing of Taft Sellers. Citizens never got the full details about that, It is evident it was some wrong hanglings of the police in that case. HUSH is the word!


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