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Culpeper police officer facing civil lawsuit for fatal shooting of Patricia Cook

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CULPEPER, Va. -

A Culpeper police officer is facing a civil lawsuit for shooting a woman to death.

The shooting happened three months ago and so far, there have been no charges against the officer.

Patricia Cook's husband, Gary, has filed a wrongful death complaint against Daniel Harmon-Wright, also known as Daniel Sullivan, according to the lawyer filing the lawsuit.

"She was shot inexplicably for reasons we're not sure of and he has a constitutional statutory right to sue and try to get to the truth," said Greg Webb, the attorney for Gary Cook.

For some reason, Patricia Cook was in her Jeep Wrangler in the parking lot of a Catholic daycare on February 9 when someone called police to report a suspicious vehicle. 

The lawsuit says when Harmon-Wright approached her, he spoke to her in an aggressive manner. That is when she tried to roll up her window and drive away.

"Keep in mind, this was a hand-cranked window, not an electric window," said Webb. "And further more, the officer had no reason to be reaching inside the car. She was unarmed, posed no threat."

The lawsuit says when she drove off, the officer had one hand on her door and the other on the gun, which he fired at her multiple times. She would crash into a utility pole a block away.

According to the lawsuit, Cook was within her rights when or if she declined to speak to the defendant, when and if she rolled up her window, and when she tried to drive away.

Local police have not given up much information, including the name of the officer. 

Gary Cook is seeking more than $5 million in damages.


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