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Culpeper woman killed by police officer was dragging officer by car

A Town of Culpeper police officer shot and killed a 54-year-old Culpeper woman Feb. 9 after she closed her car window on the officer’s arm and began dragging him alongside the car as she drove away, according to Virginia State Police.

Authorities said Culpeper police received a call to a Jeep Wrangler in a church parking lot on North East Street. When the responding officer spoke to the Jeep’s driver, Patricia A. Cook, and asked for her identification, Cook closed her driver’s side window on the officer’s arm and began driving.

When Cook ignored the officer’s demands to stop moving the car, the officer fired shots. The Jeep then crashed in the 200 block of North East Street. Cook died at the scene, authorities said.

Culpeper Town Police, the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are still investigating the shooting.


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