Special Grand Jury Sought in Fatal Shooting by Culpeper Officer

April 2, 2012

A prosecutor wants a special grand jury to investigate a fatal shooting by a Culpeper police officer.

Special prosecutor James Fisher filed papers Monday asking the Culpeper County Circuit Court to impanel a special investigative grand jury. Fisher, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Fauquier County, was appointed by the court to handle the case after the Culpeper prosecutor recused himself.

State police say an unidentified Culpeper officer shot Patricia A. Cook on Feb. 9 after she drove off with his arm trapped in her vehicle's window and refused his orders to stop. The 54-year-old Culpeper woman died at the scene.

The shooting occurred after the officer responded to a report of a suspicious woman in a vehicle in a parking lot.

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