Police officer charged with manslaughter
DEL CITY, Okla. – A police officer now faces a charge of first-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing a teenager involved in a high speed chase last month.
Police say Capt. Randy Harrison shot Dane Scott Jr., 18, as the teen tried to flee on foot.
“Since we got all the information and he’s been charged, I’m very happy and blessed,” said Scott`s sister.
Family members and loved ones gathered at S.E. 15th St. and I-35 Thursday night.
There is a makeshift memorial where Scott was killed.
According to investigators, Capt. Harrison shot the teenager in the back as he was running away.
Police say Captain Harrison wrestled a gun away from Scott.
As the teen was running, investigators say Capt. Harrison fired three shots, which all missed.
According to the probable cause affidavit, another officer tried to step in and use his Taser on Scott.
Police say that’s when Harrison fired the fourth shot that killed Scott.
“Anytime you shoot someone in the back, what are they going to do to you? If I have my back to you, what am I going to do to you,” dad Dane Scott Sr. said.
An investigation by the Del City Police Department determined Capt. Harrison did not have to use deadly force because Scott did not pose a threat at the time he was killed.
His attorney disagrees.
“He did what he thought was justified in trying to save his life, other officers’ lives,” attorney Irven Box said.
“Based on the totality of a chase, a collision, a gun involvement, those things, you’ve got to think what’s going through this officer’s mind.”
The Oklahoma County District Attorney`s Office filed the charge Thursday afternoon.