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Arlington County sheriff's deputy Craig Patterson was arraigned this weekend on first-degree murder charges and ordered held without bond.

Patterson is charged in the shooting of Julian Dawkins, a driver for PBS NewsHour, on May 22, following a confrontation in Alexandria. Patterson was off-duty at the time.

Prosecutors say following the confrontation, Patterson went home and returned to the scene of the argument with his gun, badge and handcuffs and shot Dawkins. Prosecutors are asking any witnesses to come forward.

County officials say the 44-year-old Patterson, who has been on the force for 17 years, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest at his Spotsylvania home Thursday.

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