This story comes to CopBlock.org from Dan Morales.
On February 9th of this year Patricia Cook was killed by Daniel W. Harmon–Wright, also known as Daniel W. Sullivan. The “official line” is that the Harmon–Wright had his arm caught in her driver’s side window, and was dragged alongside the vehicle as she drove away, so he shot at Cook multiple times.
Cook was hit five times, her Jeep ran into a pole, and she died at the scene.
Yet Kris Buchele, who witnessed the incident unfold from his second-story window nearby paints a different picture:
“The cop had his gun out and his other hand on the door handle like he was trying to open it,” Buchele told The Free Lance–Star less than two hours after the shooting. “The car started moving and he said, ‘Stop or I’ll shoot!’ Just as the woman rolled the window up, the cop shot. I saw the window bust out.”
Props to Buchele for speaking-up!
Cook’s widow has filed a $5.35 million civil suit against trigger-man Harmon–Wright. The suit states in part:
When defendant Harmon–Wright attempted to bully and coerce Mrs. Cook into complying with his commands by raising his voice and threatening to shoot her, she was lawfully entitled to refuse to comply [and] to depart unharmed and unhindered under the circumstances then and there existing
After the shooting Sullivan was paid on administrative leave. A paid vacation. Rumor has it that he’s since resigned but a call placed on May 15th to the Culpeper Police Department discerned that he still had a voicemail at the agency (as Daniel Wright).
Town mayor Chip Coleman has refused to comment since he said the suit doesn’t involve the town.
What do you think? Will justice prevail?
Feel free to reach out to Harmon–Wright and ask questions or share some thoughts:
Culpeper Police Department
740 Old Brandy Road
Culpeper, VA 22701