Craig Patterson indicted in Julian Dawkins killing

A grand jury has indicted an Arlington County Sheriff’s deputy on one count of murder in the death of Julian Dawkins.

The grand jury indicted Craig Patterson, who has been held without bond in the May 22 killing of Dawkins, who was shot in the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive in Alexandria.

Patterson, a 17-year veteran of the sheriff's department, was also indicted on one count of using a firearm during a murder.

During a preliminary hearing last week, Patterson's phone call to a 911 dispatcher after the incident was played. In the call, Patterson is heard telling the operator, "a young man pulled a knife on me and I shot him...I am an off-duty Arlington Co sheriff's deputy."

Dawkins, 22, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest, had a blood alcohol content of .15, and was carrying a knife with a 3-inch blade in the closed position.

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