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.