Woman Handing Out Samples at Va. Costco Shot Dead by Police After Acting StrangelyPolice tried to subdue her with stun gun, then shot her
By Mila Mimica
May. 30, 2013
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A Sterling, Va., Costco opened at its regular time Thursday, less than a day after sheriff's deputies fatally shot a woman who came at officers with scissors and a knife.
The melee began at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, when store employees noticed the woman acting oddly while handing out pizza samples, said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.
The woman has been identified as 38-year-old Mhai Scott of Sterling.
Scott reportedly became upset when she ran out of pizza, reported Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey. Witnesses said she was waving a knife and scissors, threatening employees.
Deputies were called to the store to handle the disturbance. After they arrived, Scott -- who worked for a company that handles sampling at Costco stores -- approached the officers with the sharp items, authorities said.
One deputy tried to use a stun gun on Scott, but Chapman said the stun gun "did not work," and another deputy fatally shot her.