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30/05/2013: Cuisia Requests Thorough, Impartial Probe of Shooting Death of Filipina-American in Virginia Wholesale Store

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-057-2013
30 May 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today called for a thorough, impartial and expeditious investigation into the fatal shooting by police of a 38-year-old Filipina-American inside a popular wholesale store in Virginia on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Embassy also extended its deepest sympathy to the family of Mylene De Leon Scott, of Sterling, Virginia, who was shot dead by police officers responding to a reported disturbance involving Ms. Scott inside the Costco Wholesale Store at the Price Cascades Plaza also in Sterling.

“We request authorities to conduct a thorough, impartial and expeditious investigation of the incident,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said in a statement, adding that the Embassy “shares the concerns expressed by Ms. Scott's family in the Philippines and the members of the Filipino-American Community that law enforcement officials may have responded with disproportionate force.”

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

The statement said that when Ms. Scott moved towards the two officers, a Taser electroshock device was used in an attempt to immobilize her but the weapon supposedly failed to deploy.  It was at this point that one of the officers fired multiple shots at her. Ms. Scott died at the scene while one of the officers sustained a bullet wound but was later released from the hospital.

“The Embassy stands ready to extend its assistance to the family of Ms. Scott,” Ambassador Cuisia said. “We will continue to coordinate with police authorities in Loudoun County to secure more information on this case.”

Ambassador Cuisia said that as soon as it was informed of the incident on Thursday morning, the Embassy reached out to Ms. Scott’s next of kin to extend its condolences and to offer its assistance.

The Embassy also immediately contacted the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office to request additional information on the incident. ###