Police Abuse

No Charges Yet for Deputy Who Shot PBS Driver

It's not clear what led to the shooting of Julian Dawkins


Julian Dawkins went to his aunt's house in Alexandria on Tuesday night to celebrate: His cousin had just learned that she had made the Washington Mystics roster for this season. When the gathering ended, a neighbor heard Dawkins talking with, then arguing with, then chasing a man down the street.

According to police, Dawkins, 22, a shuttle driver for the "PBS NewsHour," was fatally shot by an off-duty Arlington County sheriff's deputy. Family members say they are still struggling to understand why.

"He was a working guy. Didn't bother nobody," said Curtis Dawkins, Julian Dawkins's father. "It's just so sad and senseless that these things had to occur."

As of Wednesday afternoon, the deputy — 44-year-old Craig Patterson — had not been charged. Ashley Hildebrandt, an Alexandria police spokeswoman, said that detectives had interviewed him and that he was released.