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05-11-12 Complaint - File Stamped

05-11-12 Complaint - File Stamped

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTFORCULPEPERCOUNTYVIRGINIA:GARYD.COOK,AdministratoroftheEstateofPATRICIA
A.
COOK,Deceased,Plaintiff,v.DANIELW.HARMON-WRIGHT(a1k/aDanielW.Sullivan),Defendant.
COMPLAINT
COMESNOWthePlaintiff,GaryD.Cook,AdministratoroftheEstateofPatricia
A.
Cook,Deceased,bycounsel,andforhiscauseofactionagainsttheDefendantDanielW.Harmon-Wright(a1k/aDanielW.Sullivan),statesasfollows:1.ThiswrongfuldeathactionarisesoutofanincidentthatoccurredonFebruary9,2012,whenDefendantHarmon-Wright,aCulpeperpoliceofficer,shotPatricia
A.
Cookintheheadandupperbody.DefendantHarmon-WrightapproachedPatricia
A.
CookasshewasparkedinherJeepWranglerintheparkinglotofaschoolannexonNorthEastStreetintheTownofCulpeper.WhenMrs.Cookbegandrivingslowlyaway,DefendantHarmon-Wrightfiredatherfrombesideherdriver'ssidedoorandcontinuedtofireatherasshetriedtodepart,shootingherseveraltimes.Mrs.Cookwasunarmedanddiedatthesceneoftheshooting.
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2.PlaintiffGary
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CookwasmarriedtoPatriciaA.CookatthetimeofherdeathandwasappointedAdministratoroftheEstateofPatriciaA~CookonFebruary22,2012.AcopyoftheCertificatelLetterofQualificationisattachedheretoasExhibit
A.
3.Atalltimesrelevanthereto,DefendantHarmon-WrightwasemployedbytheCulpeperPoliceDepartmentasapoliceofficerandwasactinginhiscapacityasanofficeroftheCulpeperPoliceDepartment.PlaintiffsuesDefendantHarmon-Wrightinhisindividualcapacity.4.DefendantHarmon-WrightshotPatricia
A.
CookonNorthEastAvenueintheTownofCulpeper,Virginia.5.ThisCourthasvenueandjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto§8.01-262and328.1oftheCodeofVirginia(1950,asamended).
FactualAllegations
6.OnFebruary9,2012,atabout10:00a.m.,PatriciaA.Cook,age54,wassittinginherJeepWranglerintheparkinglotoftheEpiphanyCatholicSchoolannexlocatedonNorthEastStreetintheTownofCulpeper.7.AsshesatparkedinherJeep,DefendantHarmon-WrightapproachedMrs.Cookinhispolicevehicle.8.Respondingtoareportofa"suspiciousperson"intheschoolannexparkinglot,DefendantHarmon-Wrightwenttothatlocation.TheflashinglightsonDefendantHarmon-Wright'spolicevehiclewerenotactivatedwhenheapproachedMrs.Cookinhispolicecruiseroronfoot.2
 
9.DefendantHarmon-WrightapproachedMrs.Cookandspoketoherinanaggressiveanddemandingmanner.10.Mrs.Cookhadnotcommittedanycriminalact,shewasnotengagedinanycriminalactivity,shewasplainlyvisibletoDefendantHarmon-Wright,shewasunarmedandposednophysicalthreattoDefendant.11.ThewindowsonherJeepWranglerweremanuallyoperated.12.Mrs.CookbeganrollinguphercarwindowasDefendantHarmon-Wrightspoketoherinaloud,argumentative,aggressiveanddemandingmanner.13.DefendantHarmon-WrightthreatenedtoshootMrs.Cookifshedidnotstoprollinguphercarwindowanddoashedemanded.14.DefendantHarmon-WrightthreatenedMrs.Cookwithhisguninanattempttocoerceherintocomplyingwithhisdemands.15.Atalltimesrelevanthereto,DefendantHarmon-WrightdidnothaveprobablecausetoarrestMrs.Cooknordidhehaveareasonablesuspicionthatacrimehadbeencommittedorthatacrimewasabouttobecommittedbyher.Asaresult,DefendantHarmon-WrighthadnobasistodetainMrs.Cookforquestioningortodemandthatsheremainthereanddoashesaid.16.WhenMrs.CookattemptedtodriveawayfromDefendantHarmon-Wright,shedidnotusehervehicleasaweaponanddidnottrytostrikeorotherwiseinjureDefendantHarmon-Wright.17.DefendantHarmon-WrighthadonehandonthedoorofMrs.Cook'sJeepandtheotheronhisgunwhenshebegandrivingaway.
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