On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office began asking the public to call them if they witnessed the Sterling, Virginia Costco fatal shooting and had not been interviewed by a detective about it, according to the LCSO’s press release.
The Virginia State Police, along with the LCSO, are investigating the Price Cascades Plaza fatal shooting incident after two deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to a disturbance call that turned deadly.
Mhai Scott, 38, was the suspect reported to be wielding a knife and scissors and threatening store employees, which prompted the call for law enforcement assistance.
One officer attempted to utilize a TASER gun, but the county issued non-lethal suspect-subduing weapon did not stop Scott after it was deployed, which resulted in the second officer firing at her multiple times in order to protect those in danger around her.
One deputy sustained injuries during the altercation with the suspect, and while he was taken to the hospital for treatment he has since been released and is reported to be in good condition, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
If you or someone you know witnessed the altercation at the 21300 block of Price Cascades Plaza Costco store, call 703-777-0475 if you have not been interviewed by a police detective yet.
It is standard procedure for a state law enforcement agency like the Virginia State Police to assist in an investigation into an officer-related shooting by a local law enforcement officer while on duty.
The investigation assistance at the state level does not imply any wrongdoing on the part of the deputies involved in the Costco shooting, but it is merely an effort by the law enforcement community to conduct a thorough investigation without any potential for undue bias in favor of the police agency involved.
Having the state police investigate a fatal shooting incident in conjunction with the local police agency in charge of the officer involved helps the public maintain trust that justice will prevail and any wrongdoing will be revealed.
National Criminal Profiles Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics. She has successful experience in profiling unsolved homicide cases as well as extensive knowledge and experience regarding local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
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