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Culpeper settles police shooting lawsuit

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a police officer’s fatal shooting of a Culpeper woman.

The Culpeper Star-Exponent reports the town of Culpeper’s insurance carrier will pay an undisclosed amount to the family of Patricia Ann Cook, who was shot by Daniel Harmon-Wright in February 2012. The family’s attorney, Greg Webb, confirmed that the settlement with the town is awaiting court approval.

Jennifer Parrish, an attorney for Police Chief Chris Jenkins and former Police Chief Dan Boring, says claims of wrongful hiring and retention against her clients will be dismissed.

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

Webb says the settlement avoided a possible lengthy and uncertain legal battle over the insurer’s obligation to pay.

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