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Judge approves Culpeper police shooting settlement

CULPEPER (AP) A judge has approved a $300,000 settlement of a lawsuit stemming from a fatal police shooting in Culpeper.

Media outlets report that the family of Patricia Ann Cook will receive about $170,000 from the settlement. Nearly $130,000 will cover attorney’s fees.

The 54-year-old Cook was shot five times by former Culpeper police officer Daniel Harmon-Wright on Feb. 9, 2012, following an altercation.

Harmon-Wright was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison.

Cook’s brother, John Weigler, filed the wrongful death lawsuit.

The settlement approved Tuesday by Culpeper Circuit Court Judge Susan Whitlock was between Weigler, on behalf of Cook’s estate, and the town of Culpeper’s former insurance carrier.

The settlement also dismissed civil claims against Harmon-Wright, Police Chief Chris Jenkins and former Police Chief Dan Boring.

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