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Posted at 10:17 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Culpeper police fire officer charged with murder while on-duty

Culpeper, Va., police fired the officer who is charged with killing a Sunday s chool teacher while on duty in February, town officials said in a statement.

Daniel Harmon-Wright, 32, was terminated on Tuesday after police completed an internal affairs investigation into the fatal shooting of 54-year-old Patricia Cook after he responded to a suspicious-person call. Officials provided no details of the department’s investigation.

Harmon-Wright, of Gainesville, was indicted in May on a murder charge and three weapons charges.

The shooting happened after someone called police when Cook parked her Jeep Wrangler into the lot of a Catholic school in Culpeper and reported a suspicious vehicle. The former officer claims he fired in self-defense after she trapped his fingers in the Jeep’s windows and began driving away.

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