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Va. deputy charged in fatal off-duty shooting

Saturday - 6/1/2013, 12:03am  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Prosecutors say an Arlington County sheriff's deputy charged with fatally shooting a 22-year-old man while off-duty went home to get his gun after an argument.

Craig Patterson was arraigned Friday on first-degree murder charges and ordered held without bond. Police say Julian Dawkins, a driver for the "PBS NewsHour," was shot May 22 during a confrontation in Alexandria with Patterson, who was off-duty at the time. Prosecutors say Patterson went home and returned to the scene of the argument with his gun, badge and handcuffs. Prosecutors are asking any witnesses to come forward.

County officials announced Friday that the 44-year-old Patterson, who has been on the force for 17 years, was placed on unpaid administrative leave after his arrest at a Spotsylvania home on Thursday.

The county's sheriff's office oversees court security and the detention center.


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