CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Court filings by prosecutors show a Culpeper police officer accused of killing a woman was hired over the objections of his superiors.

The Washington Post reports that Daniel Harmon-Wright’s superiors cited extensive drinking and an attitude they said made him a poor choice for a police officer.

The 32-year-old Harmon-Wright entered a not guilty plea Friday in Culpeper County Circuit Court. He is accused in the fatal shooting of 54-year-old Patricia A. Cook in February.

The Post also reports that Harmon-Wright had been disciplined as an officer. One incident involved him forcing his way into a home and brandishing his weapon without probable cause or a warrant, according to a prosecution motion in opposition to his request for bond.


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