LEESBURG — Loudoun County prosecutors say a sheriff's deputy acted in justifiable self-defense when he shot a knife-wielding woman at a Costco in Sterling.
Commonwealth's Attorney James Plowman announced Wednesday that after a months-long investigation of the fatal shooting of 38-year-old Mhai Scott in May, he determined that the deputy's actions were appropriate.
Plowman says deputies had to make a split-second decision with shoppers nearby when Scott, who had been handing out pizza samples earlier, charged deputies with a knife and scissors. Plowman says Scott did not obey commands to drop the weapons and deputies deployed a stun gun, which did not perform properly. One deputy fired five shots, striking Scott four times.
Sheriff Mike Chapman says the deputy, who has been on administrative leave, will likely return to duty soon.