Sterling, VA (The Weekly Vice) - Mhai Scott, a 38-year-old food sample server at Costco, was shot dead Wednesday afternoon after she allegedly threatened employees and then charged deputies with a knife because she ran out of pizza samples.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to a Sterling area Costco Wednesday after employees called 911 to report that a co-worker was threatening to harm other employees with a knife and a pair of scissors.
Investigators say Scott apparently became angry when she ran out of pizza, picked up the weapons and proceeded to a break room where she intended to confront another employee over the situation.
An employee at the store told local media that Scott was using the knife to threaten a supervisor while "making strange comments about the pizza."
Deputies who arrived on the scene asked Scott to put down the weapon, however, she refused and charged toward them instead. A deputy used a stun gun in an attempt to subdue Scott, however it had little to no effect, according to the arrest report.
When Scott raised the knife and charged again, deputies fired several shots killing her.
Scott reportedly worked for Club Demonstration Services, which provides food product samples inside Costco's stores.
One deputy was injured during the altercation and treated at a local hospital. Both deputies who responded to the call have been placed on administrative leave while officials evaluate the officers' conduct to assure appropriate procedures were followed.
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