CULPEPER, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A special investigative grand jury has indicted Daniel Harmon-Wright, a Culpeper police officer, in the fatal shooting of 54-year-old Patricia Ann Cook. The officer’s mother, Bethany Sullivan, was indicted for trying to destroy negative information in his police personnel file.
Harmon-Wright, 32, was 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 in connection to the Feb. 9 shooting.
Sullivan, 55, was charged with three counts of uttering and three counts of forgery of public documents for attempting to purge the records while she was an administrative secretary to the police chief.
The shooting occurred when Harmon-Wright was responding to a report of a suspicious woman in a vehicle in a church parking lot. Police originally said the officer was talking to Cook when she closed the driver’s side window, trapping his arm inside, and drove away, dragging him until he shot her and the vehicle crashed.
Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher, who was appointed to investigate the shooting, said Tuesday that there was some sort of struggle and that Harmon-Wright suffered minor injuries, but that the initial description of events was only “partially accurate.”
“What I’m saying is that the terms ‘trapped’ and ‘dragged’ are not terms I would have used” to describe what happened to the officer, Fisher said.
Fisher asked a special investigative grand jury to look into the allegations in April.
“Without commenting on the particulars of the investigation, over the course of the month of May, this special investigative grand jury heard from more than 45 witnesses, received more than 100 separate exhibits and was presented with reams of documentary evidence,” said Fisher.
Harmon-Wright turned himself in to State Police late Tuesday evening and is being held at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without bond. His bond status will be reviewed on June 8 in Culpeper County Circuit Court.
His mother was released on an unsecured bond of $5,000 per count.
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