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Philippine Ambassador calls for investigation into Va. Costco shooting

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STERLING, Va. -

Was excessive force used to stop a woman with a knife at the Sterling Costco Wednesday? Her family thinks so.

And now the Philippine Ambassador is calling for an impartial investigation into the shooting which involves two Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies.

The deputies say a Taser didn't stop 38-year-old Mylene De Leon Scott from charging at them with a knife and scissors, so one of them opened fire. Witnesses heard at least five shots.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the deputies was also shot.

Scott's family in the Philippines says she had been depressed for two years after getting divorced, and she was fighting for custody of her two daughters, ages eight and 12.

Her distraught relatives say she probably wasn't in her right mind at work Wednesday, but they don't think she deserved to die in a hail of bullets.

"She's a woman. She didn't hurt anyone. She didn't kill anyone. She didn't deserve to be shot like that," Medina De Leon says about her daughter.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Jose Cuisa Jr., released this statement, calling for another agency besides the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to investigate the use of force.

"We share 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. We request authorities to conduct a thorough, impartial, and expeditious investigation of the incident," Cuisa, Jr. writes.

"We cannot accept what happened to my sister,” Melody De says Guzman. "Any my mother wants justice in the brutal killing of her daughter."

The two deputies involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.

Virginia State Police are assisting with the investigation, but right now, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency in charge.


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