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More Details in February Culpeper Fatal Shooting

Posted: Updated: May 30, 2012 11:08 PM
Photo Courtesy of the Justice for Patricia Cook Facebook Page Photo Courtesy of the Justice for Patricia Cook Facebook Page
Daniel Harmon-Wright Daniel Harmon-Wright
Bethany Sullivan Bethany Sullivan
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Wednesday night, NBC29 is discovering more details about the fatal shooting of a Culpeper County woman.  Prosecutors say a police officer gunned down 54-year-old Patricia Cook in her car in February and now he's charged with murder.

The Cook family attorney says Patricia was shot a total of six times by Town of Culpeper Police Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright. We're told she was shot once at point blank range and five times as her Jeep was moving away. A memorial stands in the place where Cook died.

Harmon-Wright was indicted Tuesday by a special grand jury on four felonies including murder.

Greg Webb, the Cook family attorney, said, "They're hopeful that this will lead to answers and justice for Patty Cook and the family."

Prosecutors say Harmon-Wright killed Cook after the two got into an argument along North East Street.  Cook was unarmed and sitting in a Jeep Wrangler at the time.

Harmon-Wright's neighbor Scott Johnson was shocked by the news, saying he didn't even know the man living across the hall wore the badge.  "That's crazy.  I had no idea.  It's scary.  Very scary," said Johnson.

NBC29 has also learned that the police cruiser was not properly parked and didn't capture the shooting on video. 

Diana Noakes of Culpeper said, "I think the trust thing here with some officers is in question."

The officer's mother also faces six charges including forging public records.  State police say Bethany Sullivan purged her son's personnel file of negative information in the spring of 2008.  Her son joined the force in 2006.  Sullivan left the police department in 2010.

James Jennings with Justice for Patricia Cook said, "As more information came out, it just didn't - nothing added up."

Jennings has been pulling for justice for Cook since April.  He started a Facebook page and circulated a petition for a special investigation.  

Meanwhile, the Cook family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the case, asking for more than $5 million in damages.

Harmon-Wright is being held without bond.  He will have a court hearing on June 8.  His mother is out of jail on bond.  What we don't know at this point is what was the negative information she allegedly removed from the records.

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