Shooting death ruled a homicide

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The death of a man shot after a confrontation with an off-duty Arlington County sheriff’s deputy early Wednesday morning has been declared a homicide by police.

Police responded to 100 block of Lynhaven Drive after hearing reports of a gunshot about 12:45 a.m. and quickly found a badly injured 22-year-old Julian Dawkins. The Alexandria resident died after emergency personnel transported him to an area hospital.

Officials confirmed on Thursday evening that Dawkins succumbed to a gunshot wound, ruling his death a homicide. His death marks the city’s second homicide in months after going more than a year without a murder.

Though authorities questioned 44-year-old city resident Craig Patterson, of the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, no one has been charged with Dawkins’ murder. But officials sought to quell any questions the lack of charges stemmed from Patterson’s connection to law enforcement, saying, “The fact that Mr. Patterson is employed as a law enforcement officer does not affect the process of investigation applied to this case.”

Whether or not criminal charges will be filed rests with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, authorities said.