The cop who shot and killed an unarmed Sunday school teacher while she was parked in a church parking lot has been indicted for murder by a grand jury.
The cop's original story that the woman had allegedly closed her window on his arm has apparently been completely discredited.
In addition, the cop's mother, who also works for the police and may have had a role in her son's getting hired, has also been indicted for allegedly forging public documents and "attempting to purge negative information from her son’s personnel file."
NBC4 Washington reports:
A police officer in Virginia faces a murder charge in the February shooting death of an unarmed motorist. Read their full story here.
A grand jury charged Town of Culpeper Police Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright, 32, of Gainesville, Tuesday evening with 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.
“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 were presented with reams of documentary evidence,” said Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher, the special prosecutor appointed to the case.
“We asked the Virginia State Police for an unbiased and thorough investigation into the Feb. 9, shooting incident involving Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright during which Patricia Cook died," Mayor Chip Coleman said. "We got that from the state police."
Shortly after the Feb. 9 shooting, Virginia State Police said the officer fired his weapon when 54-year-old Patricia Cook rolled her Jeep window up on his arm, drove off and began dragging him in a Catholic school parking lot.
But an eyewitness has told News4 saying the officer had one hand on the door handle and another on his gun.
Gregory Webb, attorney for Cook's husband, Gary, told News4 Cook had a "manual, roll-up window" and posed no threat to the officer.
The grand jury also indicted Harmon-Wright’s mother, 55-year-old Bethany Sullivan, of Orange, on three counts of uttering and three counts of forgery of public documents. Their investigation revealed her alleged role in attempting to purge negative information from her son’ personnel file. She had been an administrative secretary to the chief of police when her son was hired.