The husband of a woman shot to death by a Culpeper, Va., police officer has filed a multimillion dollar wrongful death lawsuit.
Patricia Cook, 54, was fatally shot on Feb. 9. In a lawsuit filed in Culpeper County Circuit Court on Friday, her husband, Gary Cook, is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages from a police officer idenitifed in the lawsuit as the shooter.
The officer approached Cook in her car when he responded to the report of a suspicious person in a Jeep Wrangler in a church parking lot.
Virginia State Police say their investigation showed that shortly after the incident that Cook closed the driver's side window, trapping the officers arm, and started to drive away while dragging him. Shots were fired after Cook allegedly refused to stop driving the vehicle.
However, the lawsuit claims that the officer did not have his arm trapped in the car window and was not dragged by the Jeep. The complaint said that the officer violated customs, policies and procedures concerning the use of deadly force by uniformed law enforcement.
A special prosecutor was appointed to investigate the incident, but no criminal charges have been filed. A lawyer for Gary Cook, J. Gregory Webb, told The Washington Examiner on Monday that the lawsuit was filed in part because of increasing frustration with the investigation's duration.