Skip to comments.54-Year-Old Woman Patricia Cook Killed in Police Shooting in Culpeper
Posted on 02/19/2012 10:16:11 AM PST by Altariel
By AUDREY BARNES/myfoxdc
CULPEPER, Va. - Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a police shooting that killed a 54-year-old woman in Culpeper.
A telephone pole on North East Street is where police say the confrontation between Patricia Cook and a five-year veteran of the Town of Culpeper Police Department ended.
Ironically, it began about 75 yards up the street outside of the church Cook attended. And if you had to pick a person least likely to be shot and killed by police, the victim's next door neighbor said it would be Patricia Cook.
Shes always talked really nice, and always smiling and laughing with you, said Robin Herndon, a neighbor of Cooks. Its just a shock.
Investigators say she was shot and killed by a Culpeper Police officer responding to a call about a suspicious person at around 10 a.m. Thursday.
Some sort of altercation took place and some shots were fired. The vehicle ended up traveling south on North East Street about 75 yards and ended up striking a telephone pole, said Town of Culpeper spokesman Wally Bunker.
After the initial shots, witnesses said Cook drove her Jeep up North East Street, taking out a street sign before hitting the light pole. There are unconfirmed reports from witnesses that the officer fired more shots as Cook tried to drive away.
Instead, Herndon says Cook, a petite woman with blond hair always in a neat bun, didn't have children of her own, so she would make gifts for her neighbor's children, and always took the time to say hello.
Virginia State Police are in charge of the investigation now. The officer is on paid administrative leave.
Police have not said how many times Cook was shot or what might have prompted the officer fire his weapon.
Good point. The claim is the cop was dragged when his arm was caught in the suddenly closed window.
Yep - would be lots of evidence. Scuffed shoes, bruises, where was the window glass - some no doubt ended up on the pavement. Should be plenty of evidence to hold up the cops story.
“It’s scary because it could easily happen to me. “
It could easily happen to any Freeper here.
What was her crime? Turning down the cop’s request for a date? Resisting when he fondled her? Why was his arm inside her vehicle at all?
Good find. According to the eyewitness she was tried, judged and executed by that cop. Bad stuff.
He knew he had mortally wounded her. The streets are safe again.
If I was the husband I’d hope they turn him loose. I could make his life a little more miserable for a time before he showed up on the missing persons list.
According to the Virginia State Police release,
at about 10 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 9),
Culpeper Police received a call concerning a suspicious woman sitting in a Jeep Wrangler
that was stopped in a church parking lot in the 300 block of North East Street.
A Town of Culpeper Police Officer responded and engaged in conversation with the woman.
While attempting to retrieve her identification, the woman suddenly closed her driver’s side window
trapping the officer’s arm and started driving away dragging the officer alongside.
The officer repeatedly commanded the woman stop the moving vehicle.
She refused and shots were fired.
The Jeep then wrecked in the 200 block of North East Street.
You make more logical fallacies in your response. Quite ignorant of you.
The “eyewitness” is the only one caught in a lie. He told the media one story at the beginning, and then changed his story later on.
Other than that, you don’t have a clue about what happened, so you make assumptions filtered through your hatred for police.
By the way, the military are also government employees, so we should automatically discount what they say when they are charged by liberals with war crimes, right?
See the irony there?
Forget forensics. Where is the dash cam? If he was dragged by a car, it would be clearly on the dash cam. If they don’t release that video, then we know he wasn’t dragged. If they had it, they would have already released it.
BWHWWHAHHAAHHAHAH, I think the irony in your post escapes you.
someone, anyone, please tell me what car window goes up so fast, ppwer window or hand crank, that one wouldn’t be able to get your hand/arm out of it before it got shut on you?
“Police say the officer repeatedly asked her to stop but the car kept going.”
That smells on the face of it. He’d be off his feet in seconds and not in much of a position to do anything.
Unless they can prove she was clinically nuts and/or on drugs, this stinks.
There are many additional details in this article concerning the investigation, autopsy, the firearm, etc...
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller described Monday what is involved when the State Police step in for an investigation.
“In this case, we were asked by a local agency for assistance,” said Geller.
“This will be a comprehensive investigation conducted by a police shooting investigation team which has been dispatched to handle this case. These teams are made up of more veteran investigators who will be looking at a variety of things from interviews to forensic testing.”
So which arm was caught in the window—the left? The cop was running backwards when he drew his gun from the right side and shot the woman? Sounds improbable.
Do you remember the guy at Costco who was murdered by a cop? Or the Indian guy in Seattle who was, also? The trend seems to be if you are a law-abiding citizen minding your own business the cops have more than enough justification for gunning them down based up what they feel or believe and not what the facts are. The cops now see the citizens as the enemy.
if the eyewitness is true
the cop is lying
the story reads like an assassination
query: does 22lr penetrate a vest at close range?
Yes. I do.
He never claimed the policeman was drug anywhere.
He changed his story.
So did you bother to check into the background of the "eyewitness"? Did the media? It's very easy. Just go to the Virginia Court website and do a name search.
Oh look! What do we find when we look in both Culpeper and Winchester Criminal Courts?
GC10000762-00 BUCHELE, KRISTOPHER MICHAEL 06/16/2010 02:30 PM ASSLT: ON LAW ENF/DOC PERSON
GT10000763-00 BUCHELE, KRISTOPHER MICHAEL 06/16/2010 02:30 PM RD-GENERALLY-MISD
GT10000764-00 BUCHELE, KRISTOPHER MICHAEL 06/16/2010 02:30 PM DRIVING OVER FIRE HOSE
GT09001232-00 BUCHELE, KRISTOPHER MICHEAL 04/13/2009 09:00 AM DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT GENERALLY
GC07008706-00 BUCHELE, KRISTOPHER M. 09/19/2007 10:30 AM BREAK AND ENTER
GC07008707-00 BUCHELE, KRISTOPHER M. 09/19/2007 10:30 AM POSSESS CONT. SUBSTANCE
CR07000266-01 BUCHELE, KRISTOPHER M. 09/21/2007 9:30AM POSSESS HEROIN
Hmmmmmmm. Wonder why the media left that out?
The cop's claim that she rolled up the window and drug him down the street is undoubtably a lie. Absolutely no doubt about that unless they can prove she is a crazed meth addict, which I am sure they are working on now.
Look at the way that the rounds are spread out in the pictures. Fits perfectly with being dragged.
We do not automatically discount everthing a government person says unless it is an obvious lie as in this case.
What evidence do you have? Oh wait, none. Just your ignorant ramblings.
Dash Cam 'not working'. Blue light not turned on
Why do you defend the killing of this woman so hard? Are you so anxious to see innocent people summarily executed?
Why do you wish to see an officer crucified? What would you do if you were being dragged down the street?
BTW: Dragging an officer is not “innocent”. Further, when you have an eyewitness who is caught lying about what happened, then those who want to crucify the police officer and the media have a duty to do due diligence on said “eyewitness.”
Nobody is a convicted drug addict either until they've been busted for the first time.
State police say he's changed his story...but I see no details.
He says he has not changed his story.
The Culpeper town spokesperson says the officer's cruiser did have a video camera, but that it was not working. He also said the officer did not turn on his blue lights. If he had, it would've been a sign that he was detaining the person, says attorney and former Fairfax County Police officer Ted Sibert . If the person is not being detained, she should be free to go, Sibert says.
"What is he investigating? if its just for we call a suspicious person, then he doesn't have jusification to use force to maintain the contact. So if the person wants to roll the window up, they can. He can't be sticking his hand in the window or pulling someone out of the the car or open the door. Those all need justification," Sibert says.
Sibert says that before an officer tries to stop or detain someone, he needs reasonable suspicion that a crime has occurred or is about to occur. Trespassing is not sufficient, especially if the person is trying to get off the property. Furthermore, to charge someone with trespassing, you'd need proof the person knew she was trespassing. Was it clearly marked? Did the property owner tell the person to leave?
Sibert says if the officer did put his arm in the window, he needs to have reasonable suspicion a crime was committed or about to be committed. Virginia State Police have said nothing about why the officer was detaining Cook in the first place,or, in other words, why he was putting his hand in her window, if in fact that's what he did.
This officer took a situation where a good middle aged woman was sitting in a parking lot causing no harm to one where she died from gunshots.
All for no reason.
“Wow, that is pretty chilling. So everyone in America, even with a perfect record, is a cop killer until proven not to be one.”
No, everyone is a cop killer who just hasn’t been arrested yet. Cops don’t need to prove anything to anyone.
Wow you are ignorant about the law.
First, the initial news reports all have the reporters saying that the witness said the officer’s hand was inside the vehicle. He later changed that story.
Second, an officer does not have to turn on a blue light to detain someone or to initiate an encounter with someone. In fact, if she was in the parking lot and he responded, it would be extremely unusual for him to pull up and turn on his blue light. It is far more likely that he would get out of his car and approach the person on foot and initiate a conversation or encounter.
She was not supposed to be at that parking lot. Period. A person called in a complaint for a reason. The officer has a duty to investigate that complaint.
Reasonable suspicion is a very, very low standard. If she wasn’t supposed to be there and was on the scene when the officer arrived, he would have had more enough to investigate her further.
We don’t know yet what transpired after that contact leading up to the officer shooting. What we do know is that the witness changed his story, and the media doesn’t appear to have done due diligence in vetting him. Further the spacing of the rounds from the photographs is consistent with the officer being dragged.
I understand that you libertines hate the police and believe that license is synonymous with liberty. However, our founding fathers didn’t share that view.
So if she had been sitting on your private property, what would you have done? Left her alone?
Asked her if she needed help. Perhaps if necessary I would have asked her to leave.
Tempting to extrapolate backwards from the eye-witness report
and posit that he drew his gun when he left his car.
They have the most dangerous job in the history of the universe ya know.
I've never put my self forward as an expert.
I posted the view of a lawyer/former police officer for discussion.
I understand that you libertines hate the police and believe that license is synonymous with liberty.
I understand that casting lies and insults is tempting when trying to make a point.
No dashcam. What a surprise.
Killing was Feb.09, earliest reports I see from the next day, Feb.10,
show him telling the same story as he does 4 days later.
The only 'contradiction' I see reported is on Feb.10 ...
"An eyewitness to a fatal police shooting in Culpeper, Virginia is contradicting the State Police version of the story."
I made no logical fallacies. Personal attacks, on the other hand, are a sign that one has failed to think through his position logically.
Why should we believe the story of a government employee who is personally responsible for the murder of a law-abiding, *not detained* private citizen? Why should we not view it with as much skepticism as any other criminal’s version of events?
Feb 15, 2012
It’s real crazy.
We’ve got cops who won’t chase clear criminals because of fear of high speed crashes. yet this ‘comply or die’ mentality with average citizens any non-compliance has them unloading their magazine into them.
Everyone needs to have a dash cam on their vehicle especially if you drive alone a lot. For accidents and avoiding liars in the other car, and for capturing incidents with police.
They are geting better and becoming less expensive. You can get a decent quality that has a decent internal battery, and SD card holder for recording, for $40. 120-140 degree capture and has a mic to capture audio. Amazon has decent ones for $40.
It sounded like gunfire...multiple shots in rapid succession, said Forster. I saw the police officer running up the street following the Jeep. . . .
The officer went directly to the driver's side...it appeared that he may have tried to talk to the driver, continued Forster, there was no attempt to administer first aid...the occupant clearly didn't need medical assistance. . . .
Forster saw the officer walking away between two other officers. He looked totally distraught, said Forster who heard the officer say repeatedly, why did she do that, why did she do that. . . .
It struck me as weird...when the cop came running up the street, he had his gun holstered, said Forster. It would seem that if he thought the suspect dangerous he would have had his gun drawn..clearly the victim was no threat to him.
It's horrific...this is really, really upsetting to me.
You absolutely did. If you are too ignorant to figure out what fallacies you committed, then that is far more indicative of your vendetta than anything else that I can point out.
By the way, making statements such as “murder” and “criminal” can lead you open to a defamation action.
“What would you do if you were being dragged down the street?”
There isn’t a car window in the world fast enough to catch my arm in it. Not a manual one, and not an electric one. Not if I’m awake at the time...
That is all I need to know to realize something stinks here.
Uh huh. Internet keyboard warrior and all.
Funny thing is there is this happens all the time. It’s quite easy to be dragged by a vehicle, and it doesn’t even require your arm to be rolled completely up in the window.
I have about 112,000 other results that I could post for you, but I think you get the point.
So he comes up to the Jeep to question her. They talk, then argue, then she starts to leave. At that point why didn’t he just take down her license plate number?
It would have been easy enough to find her since she lived in town, and it is probable he knew that from their conversation.
I’m getting a ‘502 Bad Gateway’ error on the link.
Thank you for your interest in this Virginia story. I’ll send you the article. There is another link to the “Print” version also...
You’re avoiding the question.
Why should we believe the version of the story told by the government employee responsible for the death of a law-abiding woman who was not being legally detained? Particularly when no evidence has been produce to corroborate his story?
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