Police ID Alexandria man fatally shot by off-duty deputy

An off-duty Arlington County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an Alexandria man early Wednesday morning.

Police identified the victim as Julian Dawkins, 22, who was shot in the Lynhaven neighborhood.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no charges had been filed against Deputy Craig Patterson, 44. Alexandria police have said little about what led to the shooting.

Officers responded to the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a shooting either on the sidewalk or a front lawn. Mr. Dawkins died at a hospital.

Maj. Susie Doyle, director of administration in the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, said Deputy Patterson is a 17-year veteran of the agency and that this was the first time he had been involved in a fatal shooting. She could not immediately confirm whether he had been investigated previously for use of force.

“Certainly nothing major, because he was a good employee,” Maj. Doyle said.

Deputy Patterson was placed on paid administrative leave while the circumstances surrounding the shooting are probed, a routine step while any employee is under investigation, she said.

It is believed that both men live in the Lynhaven neighborhood, but it was unclear whether they knew one another. Despite reports that the incident might have been the result of a dispute, Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt said she was unable to confirm what transpired between the two men prior to the shooting.

On Wednesday, the Public Broadcasting Service confirmed that Mr. Dawkins had worked as a shuttle bus driver for its NewsHour program for almost two years.

Julian was a hard worker and very dedicated to the NewsHour,” executive producer Linda Winslow said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the news of Julian’s death and our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

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