CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA) -- Former Culpeper police officer Daniel Harmon-Wright faced eight witnesses who were listening or watching when he killed 54-year-old Patricia Cook.
Cook's brother John Weigler, 50, says his sister Pat was a gentle and kind soul who couldn't hurt a fly
Pat was married to Gary Cook who died several months after she was killed in a school parking lot on February 9, 2012.
She'd been sitting in her green Jeep Wrangler when the school's office manager, Anne Schuyler, approached her. Schuyler testified that she asked Cook if she needed help and that Cook said 'no.' When she asked Cook to leave, she rolled up her window and Stared straight ahead. There was a sunscreen covering the entire windshield. When Cook refused to leave, Schuyler called police.
Ofc. Harmon-Weight told a police investigator that When he arrived he asked Clark what she was doing there. He said she paused and then said "Meeting a friend."
The officer says he asked Cook to see her ID. When he reached through the half-opened window to take it from her, she refused to give it to him. He says she rolled up the window trapping his fingers.
He told the police investigator that he had to shoot to free his fingers and keep from being dragged because she had started moving forward.
On the stand today the prosecutor asked Schuyler: Did you see the police officer trapped?
Prosecutor: Did it it look like he was going to be run over?
Kris Buchele also saw the shooting And says the officer never had his hand caught. Buchele says he saw the officer pointing his gun at Mrs. Cook and screaming, stop or I'll shoot. Buchele said he was stunned when the officer fired and then fired some more."
Dorian Twyman who lives across the street from the school told the jury, " I heard a man's screaming loud...I heard the F word several times. I heard him yell, 'You're not going to get away with this!'and then he started shooting."
Friday morning, the jury is scheduled to take a field trip to the scene of the shooting. And then the defense will present its case.
Defense attorney Daniel Hawes has said that Daniel Harmon-Wright shot Patricia Cook to protect the public Because he perceived her as unstable and dangerous person driving down the road unable to see.
Hawes maintains that Cook was not unarmed because her vehicle could be considered a weapon.