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Daniel Harmon-Wright, Culpeper Police Officer Accused Of Shooting And Killing Patricia Cook, Appears For Court Hearing; Bond Set At $100,000

4:48 PM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA) --On Friday the Culpeper police officer charged in the death of Patricia Cook had a bond hearing. Our cameras captured Daniel Harmon-Wright being escorted out of the courthouse.

Daniel Harmon-Wright is accused of murder in the death of Cook. Cook, a Sunday school teacher, was shot and killed on Feb. 9 in the 300 block of North East Street in the Town of Culpeper.  Harmon-Wright is charged with one count of murder, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in a death, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

His mother, Bethany Sullivan, is accused of attempting to sanitize information in her son's official police file. Sullivan worked for the police chief as an administrative secretary from Sept. 2002- July 2010. She has been charged with three counts of uttering, which is defined as passing or publishing a forged document with the intent to injure or defraud and three counts of forgery of an official police document.

In court on Friday, it was revealed that seven different shots were fired during the shooting. According to court testimony, the first two shots were not fatal. Cook was hit in the face and in the arm. Cook reportedly started to drive away and as more shots were fired, one bullet passed through the headrest of the vehicle and hit her brain while another bullet passed through her spine and hit her heart. 

The prosecutor argued in court today that so many shots fired constituted excessive force and that the police officer should be held without bond.

Harmon-Wright also allegedly entered a man's home without a warrant with his gun drawn. But the judge set bond at $100,000.

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