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Cop Convicted of Fatally Shooting Unarmed Woman Loses Appeal

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RICHMOND, Va. — A former Culpeper police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman has lost an appeal of his conviction.

Media reports say the Court of Appeals of Virginia denied Daniel Harmon-Wright’s appeal on Thursday.

The 34-year-old Harmon-Wright is serving a three-year sentence in the death of 54-year-old Patricia Ann Cook in February 2012.

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.”

Harmon-Wright was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, among other charges.

Cook’s brother has filed a $5 million wrongful death suit in the fatal shooting.

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