ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - Alexandria's mayor is pleading for patience after an Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed 22- year-old Julian Dawkins.
"It's a numb feeling. I'm just numb. Words can't explain the loss of a son," said Curtis Dawkins as tears rolled down his face. He said his strong faith in God was helping him cope with his son Julian's violent death, and the fact that no charges have yet been filed against the shooter.
"I"m pissed off, but I know there's a higher power," Dawkins said.
His son was a graduate of T.C. Williams High school, and a driver for the PBS Newshour. The young man was shot and killed three doors down from his own Alexandria townhouse home just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. The Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide and Alexandria police have identified the shooter, Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Patterson. Alexandria police say Dawkins was shot following a confrontation with Patterson.
Friends of Julian Dawkins say they never saw Patterson before and they insist he does not live in the neighborhood, as some news outlets reported. The question what Patterson was doing in the neighborhood at 1 a.m. There are reports that he and Dawkins were involved in a game of dice, but today, one of Dawkins' good friends questioned that account.
It may be there Patterson use to live nearby. Police do say that Patterson is a resident of Alexandria.
Julian's friends and family members say Julian often carried a pocket knife folded up in his back pocket. Eric Taylor says he saw Julian on the ground after he'd been shot, but only saw Patterson's weapon which police had secured. Taylor said there was no knife anywhere.
Julian's father did not want to comment on any possible motive.
"I'm not into the story. This was premeditated murder and I believe justice will be served," said Curtis Dawkins.
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who knew Julian and knows his family, told us in a cell phone interview that he's confident police investigators are doing their job.
"I know how people feel. I haven't been there and haven't been able to talk to the Commonwealth's Attorney to ask why charges haven't been filed but I know they're gathering evidence in the investigation," said Mayor Euille.
That's little comfort for Julian Dawkins' family and his many friends.
Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Sengel says more evidence must be collected before any charges can be filed.
A decision on that, he says, won't happen until next week.
Patterson is a 17-year employee of the Arlington County Sheriff's Department who has spent most of his career working in the jail. A source high up in the Arlington Sheriff's Department says they are all "stunned" about the shooting. The source says that Patterson is not a "hot head" but a low-key guy who "always has a smile on his face." Patterson was honored with "employee of the quarter" recently and the source says has never had any disciplinary problems.