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CHICAGO – A Filipino-American female employee of a company affiliated with Costco was shot and killed by two sheriff’s deputies of the Loudoun County in Sterling, Virginia on May 29, 2013 inside a Costco store.

Filipino-American human rights lawyer and Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) Co-Executive Director Arnedo Valera said that Filipina Mylene de Leon Scott, 38, of Dulles Town Center, a food server of the Club Demonstration Services, was said to be behaving strangely, threatened her supervisor and was making remarks about a pizza. She was reportedly armed with a knife
or a pair of scissors.

[box type=”default” size=”large”] Thorough probe of killing sought by migrant group [/box]According to Washington Post, the two deputies went to Costco to check a report about a disorderly person. They used a Taser to try to subdue Scott, but Scott kept advancing. One of the deputies fired at her and killed her.

The second deputy was wounded in the leg. It was theorized that a bullet that ricocheted hit him.

Preliminary reports stated that Scott “came at the deputies with a knife” and “ignored orders to drop the weapon.”

At least four shots rang out, causing Costco customers to scamper for safety.

Valera of Fairfax, Virginia, said, “There was an apparent use of excessive and unnecessary force to repel an impending crime that does not truly constitute a clear and present danger against anyone at the moment she was shot. This has to be thoroughly investigated.

“The victim only had a knife or a pair of scissors, and what could have been done to quell an impending attack would just be to hit her in non-fatal parts of the body.”

MHC has expressed sympathy to the family of Scott. “We are now in the process of contacting immediate family members of the deceased in a bid to extend whatever support we can give to them in this difficult time,” said MHC Co-Executive Director Grace Valera.

MHC Co-Executive Director Jesse Gatchalian said, “There seems to be a showing that the deputies of Loudoun County were not properly trained to deal with this type of situation.”

Arnedo Valera said the unfortunate killing of Scott has to be investigated, adding this could be another case of wrongful death.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy also called for a thorough, impartial and expeditious investigation into the fatal shooting of Scott. In a statement, the Embassy extended its deepest sympathy to the family of Mylene de Leon Scott of Sterling, Virginia.

The Embassy, quoting a statement released by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, said Scott allegedly refused to heed repeated orders from two responding police officers for her to drop a knife and a pair of scissors with which she was supposedly using to threaten store employees.

The sheriff’s statement said that when Scott moved towards the two officers, a Taser electroshock device was used in an attempt to immobilize her but the weapon failed to deploy. It was at this point that one of the officers fired shots at her. “The Embassy stands ready to extend its assistance to the family of Ms. Scott,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said.

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Joseph is a former reporter of the Manila Bulletin, former president of the Rizal-Metro Manila Reporters Association and former president of the Chicago chapter of the National Press Club of the Philippines. A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he and his family now live in Chicago. A prolific reporter, Lariosa writes a column and news stories for the Filipino Star News and other Filipino community newspapers in the US as well as for GMA News and the Manila Bulletin.


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