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Some Fear Randy Harrison Verdict May Affect Officers' Decisions

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Del City police captain Randy Harrison is behind bars in the Oklahoma County Jail. Del City police captain Randy Harrison is behind bars in the Oklahoma County Jail.
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Del City police captain Randy Harrison is behind bars in the Oklahoma County Jail. But some argue his conviction also punishes the officers out working the streets.

Joe Evans served as a police officer for 20 years before he went to work for CLEET, the agency that trains and certifies law enforcement officers.

Evans said he wrote the book on the use of deadly force for CLEET's training program, a program Captain Randy Harrison successfully completed.

"If an officer hesitates in these critical situations, we may lose an officer and we don't want that to happen," he said.

Evans believes Harrison followed the rules of his training when he shot a fleeing suspect, Dane Scott Jr., in March 2012.

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Prosecutors argue Harrison crossed the line, because the suspect had his back turned to Harrison and did not pose a threat.

"We've talked about how he is unarmed and shot in the back and all of these things we keep hearing, but nobody is mentioning the moments before this happened," Evans said. "Dane Scott had a loaded pistol stuck in Captain Harrison's face and was pulling the trigger trying to shoot him."

Still, a jury found Harrison guilty of manslaughter in the shooting and killing of Scott. Evans worries the verdict will put more officers in harms way.

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"Those guys working the back shift tonight that get into those situations, what are they going to do?" Evans asked. "Do we want to let the bad guys shoot first?"

Several officers are reportedly more gun shy now after seeing their fellow officer hauled off in handcuffs due to what happened on the job.

Harrison's lawyer says Harrison is in shock and they are hoping to be able to request a bond.

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