'Justice for Julian Protest at Alexandria Courthouse; still no charges against Arlington Deputy who killed him' (@PeggyTV via Twitter)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Approximately 40 demonstrators demanded justice for Julian Dawkins at the courthouse in Alexandria on Tuesday.
There are still no charges against the Arlington deputy who killed him.
Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Sengel is asking witnesses to the shooting or direct knowledge of the event to come forward. Sengel says four detectives are on the case and have to secure more information before any charges are filed.
Twenty-two-year-old Julian Dawkins was a graduate of T.C. Williams High School and a driver for the PBS Newshour. He was shot and killed three doors down from his own Alexandria townhouse home just before 1 a.m. May 22.
The Medical Examiner ruled Dawkins' death a homicide. Alexandria police identified the shooter as Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Patterson. Alexandria police say Dawkins was shot following a confrontation with Patterson.
Sources close to the investigation say Patterson maintains he shot Dawkins in self-defense. Those sources also say a knife was recovered at the scene. Julian's friends and family members say Julian often carried a pocket knife folded up in his back pocket.
Friends of Julian Dawkins question what Patterson was doing in the neighborhood at 1 a.m. There are reports that he and Dawkins were involved in a gambling game of dice, but one of Dawkins' good friends questioned that account.
Patterson is a 17-year employee of the Arlington County Sheriff's Department who has spent most of his career working in the jail. Patterson was honored with "employee of the quarter" recently and a source in the sheriff's office says he never had any disciplinary problems.
On Tuesday, nobody answered the door of an Arlington apartment believed to be Patterson's home.