Man dies after police-involved shooting in Alexandria

May 22, 2013

Alexandria police questioned an Arlington County sheriff’s deputy involved in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man in Alexandria overnight.

Authorities said that Craig Patterson, a 17-year veteran of the Arlington County sheriff’s office and an Alexandria resident, was involved in the shooting of Julian Dawkins in the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Dawkins, an Alexandria resident, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Patterson was questioned by police, but no charges have been filed, officials said. According to a police statement, Patterson was “involved in the shooting,” which investigators have classified as a “suspicious death.”

Few details about the incident have been released by the Alexandria Police Department. It is unclear whether there was any prior connection between Patterson and Dawkins, and detectives are still trying to determine what led to the shooting, police said.

Anyone with information can call 703-746-6711.

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