UPDATED: Woman with knife killed at Sterling Costco, deputy injured
Authorities have identified the woman killed at the Sterling Costco.
According to Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Mhai Scott, 38, of Sterling, was shot by a deputy after she wielding a knife while inside the store.
The deputy who shot Scott fired multiple rounds during the incident, Mills said.
With one woman dead and a deputy injured, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident at the Sterling Costco.
At approximately 3 p.m. May 29, two deputies arrived at Price Cascades Plaza near the intersection of Route 7 and Cascades Parkway. Emergency services had received a call saying a woman, a Customer Services Demonstration provider, was creating a disturbance at the Costco. According to law enforcement, she had pulled a knife in the store and was acting erratically.
When confronted by deputies, the unnamed woman began approaching them while still holding the knife. An attempt to restrain the woman using a taser was ineffective, possibly being caught in a pocket of clothing instead of making contact with her skin. One of the deputies opened fire after it became apparent that the taser didn't work.
The woman with the knife was killed by police fire. Her identity has been not been released, pending family notification.
"It’s a very unfortunate situation for everybody. I just want to make sure our deputies are safe and everything gets investigated properly," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman at a press conference following the shooting. "Ultimately we’ve got to go through and interview all the witnesses … I don’t want to speculate on minuscule details at this time."
One of the deputies was injured in the leg during the shooting, possibly by a ricochet. This injury was not life threatening.
Witnesses described at least five shots being fired.
Robert Krause of Ashburn was at the front of the store when the conflict occured, "This kind of thing doesn’t normally happen here. I didn’t want to be a hero so I got out of there. Half the store was running out too."
This is a developing story. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for more information as it becomes available.