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Sterling Costco shooting: Mhai Scott charged officers with knife, was mentally ill

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The Sterling Costco employee who was shot and killed inside the big box store this past May had a history of mental illness and charged at officers with a knife, a report indicates.

On Wednesday, Loudoun County authorities said the woman killed, 38-year-old Mhai Scott, was shot by deputies in self defense. Scott was described as acting erratically when confronted by officers inside the store on May 29..

She was told many times to put down the large carving knife and scissors she was carrying but refused.

An officer deployed a Taser but for unknown reasons, the device didn’t work. Scott raised the knife and scissors and charged officers, police say, before an officer fired five rounds at her, hitting her four times.

Another officer on scene was hit by one of the officer’s bullets.

A history of mental illness

Authorities said Scott had a history of mental illness.

On Feb. 28, 2012, police were called to her residence in Ohio because she sent her husband several unsettling text messages, including, “I command you Satan do the violence now,” and “Don’t save the children.” Scott was the mother of two children, ages 8 and 12.

Scott was taken to an Ohio hospital, where she was prescribed an anti-psychotic, according to a police report on the shooting.

She later was receiving mental health services when she relocated to Northern Virginia, but the report states she stopped taking her medications.

Costco Report

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