Shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, Loudoun County police in Northern Virginia responded to a disorderly conduct call at a Costco in the Sterling area.
An employee of a demonstration-subcontracting firm used by Costco, 38-year-old Mhai Scott, began to act strangely while passing out pizza samples.
Employees and customers who witnessed the incident claim that Scott seemed initially agitated about the number of servings in the pizza boxes and with the samples in general. She then threatened everyone and began waving around scissors and a knife.
One Costco manager, Renee Haber, told the Washington Post that Scott’s erratic behavior began near the end of her shift and that Scott had frightened her supervisor. Workers at the store called the police.
The Washington Post describes the scene:
Renee Haber, a manager at the store, near the busy intersection of Cascades Parkway and Route 7, said Scott, who was involved in food preparation, became agitated and began to act erratically as her shift was ending. She said Scott, who had been serving pizza, began saying “crazy things” and seemed concerned about the number of servings in a pizza box.
As Scott was moving away from her serving station, Haber said, she grabbed a knife from another station and was making “strange movements.”
“She was frightening her supervisor,” Haber said. Haber said workers called police.
When Loudoun County deputies arrived, Scott ran at them with her weapons. After verbally asking her to stop and attempting to use a stun gun, an officer was forced to take fatal measures and shoot Scott. In the process, the second deputy was hit in the leg by a ricocheting bullet.
Loudoun Sheriff Michael Chapman informed the press that an investigation, which includes surveillance footage and witness testimony reviews, is under way by his office.
One deputy was injured. He was treated and released at a local hospital.
In 2010, three Las Vegas police officers were involved in a shooting at a Costco near Charleston and Pavilion Center in northwest Las Vegas.
Police said say the suspect was shot by three officers while exiting the store, He died from his injuries. Friends and family members say the suspect, Erik Scott, was a West Point graduate, and in his 30’s. One friend said Scott was at Costco to pick up a prescription.
“The individual was shot — its out in the open area right near the tire store. He was transported to UMC where he was pronounced dead at that point,” said Metro Capt. Patrick Neville. “He had a weapon on him. I know the question is going to come up. The weapon is laying right out in front of the store. We also found another weapon when we transported him to the hospital.”
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