Del City Police Captain Charged In Shooting Death Of Teen

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 3:59 pm
By: News 9

A Del City police captain is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenager.

Captain Randy Trent Harrison faces one count of manslaughter in the shooting of 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. last month.

Del City officers say the teenager tried to get away from a traffic stop when he crashed his car after a short police chase on March 14. Harrison shot Scott following the chase. Scott was pronounced dead at the hospital following the officer-involved shooting.

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Harrison is now facing a 1st degree charge of manslaughter. According to court documents, Harrison willingly, unlawfully and unnecessarily killed Scott as he was resisting an officer. Court papers also state Harrison fired at Scott twice but missed him. When officers caught up to Scott, one officer tried to use a taser to stop him, while Harrison shot at Scott again, this time shooting him in the back.

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Officers at the scene say they saw Scott with a gun. But court documents show he was unarmed.

Captain Harrison's attorney, Irven Box, says Harrrison was protecting his own life, the public and trying to stop a fleeing felon.

"I don't think he should have been charged in this particular case," said Box. "No one's walked in his shoes, and if you look at the overall picture of what went on that day I think what he did was certainly within police procedure and certainly within Oklahoma law."

After the shooting, Scott's family told News 9 that their son should not have run, but he didn't deserve to be killed.

The Medical Examiner's office told the Scott family that Scott died from a gunshot wound to his back.